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    I would not brine, it’s been injected.
    Personal preference only.
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    My approach with turkey has always been to just use the smoker like an oven. I shoot for 325F. At a low temp the skin comes out flabby and, frankly, kind of disgusting. Last Thanksgiving I had a lot of trouble getting the temp up to 325. Eventually I had to prop open the lid to get enough air flow. Worked fine and the turkey was excellent.

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    That’s why I use the kettle, just sayin’.
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    Id brine it too. It is a low 3% solution turkey when compared to the 10-15% frozen turkeys.
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    I love smoked turkey in the smaller range but for a larger 20# one I would follow the advice above and keep it out of the danger zone.
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    Last Thanksgiving, I did two firsts.
    #1 I went Green Egg for a cook
    #2 I spatchcocked the big bird
    this bird was enhanced so I did not brine

    I would Rec spatchcock & cook a half on each level
    Start Hot and finish around 325
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    I cook my annual 20+lb Costco turkeys after an overnight brine (salt/sugar), in the kettle for about 3.5 hours. Use an internal thermometer always!
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    Isn’t separating the halves called “splitting”?
    Spatchcock is removing backbone and spreading the whole thing flat.
    Chang, that sounds about right to me.
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