View Full Version : Turkey Size?

10-07-2010, 12:48 PM
I'd like to know the largest size of turkey I can easily put in my 1100 smoker? Thanks!

(I also posted this on the recipe page, but think this would be a better place.)

10-07-2010, 06:38 PM
My previous experience with a larger smoker resulted in this note. Even though now i have a ST. The manufacturer of my old smoker had a very viable warning when smoking turkeys. Please keep in mind when you put a cold bird in your smoker and cook at relatively low temps. The possibility exist to spoil your meat before getting it cooked. In other words while the internal temp of a turkey is increasing slowly. The meat could spoil before reaching a safe cooking temp. Therefore a bird larger than 12lbs could possible spoil before reaching a safe smoking temp. Maybe someone else will mention their experiences. Its getting that time of year when alt of us will be smoking a variety of the best smoked meats around. So lets get smokin and postin and together we can help each other......Steve

10-07-2010, 07:26 PM
ESK...it recommended to cook turkey at 50 min per lb on the ST. However, if your 1100's heating element is a 500 and not a 800, as in the 1400's, a 12 lb max is recommended.


10-13-2010, 08:26 PM
I will spatchcock a turkey, cutting it into two halves. These lie flat on the racks and cook probably faster than a whole bird, and take up less space. I find this to be a lot easier to brine and store in the fridge than a whole turkey.

10-21-2010, 03:35 PM
Thanks for the information! I'll keep my turkey in the 10 to 12 pound range.

I also like the idea of butterflying the turkey if it seems too tight of a fit, or just to cook it a bit faster.

Regarding the size of the heating element, I don't think it makes much of a difference, since the cooking temperature is controlled by a thermostat. With a smaller smoker, it can use a smaller heating element to maintain the set cooking temperature.

Thanks for posting!