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Hi all -


I'm going to be cooking my first turkey for Thanksgiving next week.  I'm relatively new to all this and haven't smoked a bird yet.  I've done quite a bit of research on brines, rubs, heat, etc.  I'm cooking on a Vision Classic B.  I think I'll be cooking a bird that's around 15 lbs or so.  I'll probably shoot for an internal grill temp of 375.


Coupla questions I couldn't find yet:


I'm trying to figure out when to do this and how long the cook should take.  The bird needs to be ready by lunch (noon).  Additionally, I have to transport the bird an hour.  Is there some sort of rough equation on how long it should take a bird to cook?  X number of minutes per pound at 375?  We'd like to be there by mid-morning so I'm trying to determine how early I need to get up to get this thing going.  - OR - 


Follow up question - what happens if I cook the bird the day before?  If it's going to take me 5 or more hours to cook, I may just do it on Wednesday evening so that I have enough time to do it and I don't have to get up crazy early on Thursday.  If so, should I just foil and refrigerate, and then reheat it in the oven the next day?  I have no idea how to keep it from drying out, getting rubbery, etc.


As a reference point, I'm mostly working off of John Setzler's video on it:



Thanks for any input folks!

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not sure on the time it will take as I have only smoked a breast on mine and not a whole bird, but the hour trip will be a good rest time and if foiled and put in a cooler or warming bag with some towels it will stay warm and allow the juices to redistribute. I would venture to guess if you stopped short of fully cooking the bird, you could finish it in the oven without drying it out too bad and would still have a nice smoked flavor to it if you needed to do that because of the time needed.


If it were me, I would see what the response was on cook time, add a little time as a buffer, and just start it early, as long as temps were maintaining well, I would rest and check it when I got up. then foil/pack/transport/carve/and enjoy

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2 minutes ago, Texasbrons said:

So I'm curious.  What did you end up doing and how did it end up coming out?  Sharing the info may be useful to others in the future!!  Thanks in advance.

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