How To Smoke 2 Turkeys

How To Smoke 2 Turkeys

I love the idea of smoking 2 turkeys at the same time on the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker.

You can also cook two foods, like a brisket and turkey. Just make sure the turkey is on the bottom grate so that you don’t get turkey drippings on the other food.

Here are my tips:

  • First, make sure you have enough fuel. If it’s cold where you are smoking, remember to have a little extra fuel on hand so you don’t run out. Also, if you are doing two items on a WSM it might be a good idea to add about 50 extra briquettes to your smoker.  This will help ensure you have enough fuel and do not run out.
     
  • The bottom grate will be 15-20 degrees hotter than the top grate. It will be important to pay close attention to the internal temperature of the food if you are using both grates. If you find one item is cooking faster then the other you can always switch the bottom food to the top rack or vise versa.
     
  • You will need more water in the water pan if you are cooking 2 turkeys. Aim for 3-4 liters of water. If you are smoking 2 turkeys and you want to keep some of the drippings for a gravy, place one of the turkeys on a roast holder inside of the drip pan with a dash of water in it.
     
  • In addition, don’t forget to use a cheesecloth and remove it halfway through the smoking process. This will help give both turkeys a beautiful golden skin color.
     
  • Set your timer to check the temperature of the turkey halfway, three quarters of the way and then when you think it is done to make sure that you are on the right track to hit 165. This will help you monitor the turkey and make sure it is not over cooked!  This is key!
     
  • Check the temperature of the turkeys on the innermost part of the thigh and the thickest part of the breast to make sure that they are fully cooked at 165 degrees before removing them.
     
  • This step is important! Let them rest for 20-30% of the total cooking time.  You can loosely cover the turkeys with pieces of aluminum foil while they are resting or you can just leave them uncovered.
     
  • Before you carve into those beautiful birds, share your pictures on social media with us! #BestTurkeyEver

​Looking for more turkey inspiration?  Be sure to check out more tips here

What are your thoughts? (3)

11.23.16

Donald K

why use cheese cloth an dhow do you use it

11.23.16

Kevin Kolman

Donald,
I use a cheese cloth to protect the skin from getting too dark from the woods I use to smoke it. I then remove it from the turkey half way through and put a little olive oil, salt and pepper on the skin and boom, a beautiful looking turkey. Using it I cut a large piece and fold it over itself and put it on the breast meat. Hope this helps and if you need any more help you can find us here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin Kolman’s backyard and always Grill On!!

10.25.16

Mark G

Kevin,

18.5" smoky mtn cooker. What amount of charcoal for two 14 lb birds and best lighting method for a 325 degree cook? Thanks

10.25.16

Kevin Kolman

Mark,
I would recommend a chimney of unlit charcoal and a half a chimney of lit charcoal. I would then use a small amount of water, maybe a 1-2 liters of water. Open all the vents on the bottom of the smoker. When you dump the lit onto the unlit I would not put the lid on the unit for 10 minutes. This will allow the unlit charcoal to ignite and also help bring your unit up to temperature. Then place the lid on the smoker and preheat for 10-15 minutes. You should have no problem getting up to temp. Adjust the lid damper if the unit is burning too hot or too cold. Keep me posted if you have any other questions here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin Kolman’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling!!

10.13.16

Brent B

What is the cook temperature and time for doing 2 turkeys at once?

10.13.16

Kevin Kolman

Brent,
When doing turkeys I strive for a 300-325 degree grill temp. This is my favorite temperature zone for turkey which continues to give me the most moist turkeys with tons of flavor. Hope this helps and keep the questions coming. Happy Grilling!!

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