How Long to Smoke a Turkey in a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you’re looking for a delicious and easy way to cook a turkey, smoking it in a Masterbuilt electric smoker might be just what you need. However, if you’re new to smoking turkeys, you might be wondering how long it takes to get that perfect smoky flavor. In this how-to article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about how long to smoke a turkey in a Masterbuilt electric smoker, so you can impress your guests with a mouthwatering turkey that’s cooked to perfection.

How Long to Smoke a Turkey in a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker: A Step-by-Step Guide

Step 1: Prep the Turkey

Before you begin smoking your turkey, you’ll need to prepare it. This involves removing the giblets and neck from the cavity, rinsing the turkey inside and out, and patting it dry with paper towels. You may also want to season the turkey with your favorite dry rub or marinade, but this is optional.

Step 2: Preheat the Smoker

Next, preheat your Masterbuilt electric smoker to 225°F. This can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on your smoker model. Make sure you have enough wood chips to last the entire smoking process. You can use any type of wood chips that you prefer, but hickory, apple, and cherry are popular choices for smoking turkey.

Step 3: Place the Turkey in the Smoker

Once your smoker is preheated, place the turkey in the smoker breast-side up. You can also use a meat thermometer to monitor the temperature of the turkey throughout the smoking process. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the breast, being careful not to touch the bone.

Step 4: Smoke the Turkey

Now comes the most important step: smoking the turkey. The general rule of thumb for smoking turkey is to cook it for about 30 minutes per pound at 225°F. However, the exact time can vary depending on the size of your turkey and the temperature of your smoker. As a general guide, here’s how long you should smoke your turkey:

  • For a 10-pound turkey, smoke for 5 hours.
  • For a 12-pound turkey, smoke for 6 hours.
  • For a 14-pound turkey, smoke for 7 hours.
  • For a 16-pound turkey, smoke for 8 hours.

Remember to add more wood chips as needed to maintain the smoke.

Step 5: Check the Temperature

When the turkey has been smoking for the recommended time, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the thickest part of the breast. The turkey is ready when it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

Step 6: Rest the Turkey

Once your turkey is done, remove it from the smoker and let it rest for at least 20 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to settle, resulting in a more flavorful and tender turkey.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I smoke a frozen turkey?

No, you should always thaw your turkey completely before smoking it. A frozen turkey won’t cook evenly and can lead to food safety issues.

Do I need to baste my turkey while it’s smoking?

No, you don’t need to baste your turkey while it’s smoking. The smoke and heat will naturally flavor and moisten the turkey.

 Can I stuff my turkey before smoking it?

It’s not recommended to stuff your turkey before smoking it, as this can increase the cooking time and lead to food safety issues.

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