how long to thaw a turkey??

Philip_G

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OK T day's comin up.
I'm gonna smoke my turkey for a few hours the day before T day then I'll roast as usual so it's not dry, yet has that smoky goodness flavor

so how long and how to thaw the beast? in the refrigerator? a week? a month? I have no clue, it's about a 13 pound bird I think
 

DonRoeber

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I have a 20lb bird, and I was told to thaw it in the fridge for three days.
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Julie K

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In the refrigerator, allow 24 hours for every four pounds.
If thawing in cold water, place turkey breast down in cold water and thaw 30 minutes per pound. Change water every 30 minutes.
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aeveritt

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Since you mentioned that you were going to smoke it I would lean more toward thawing it in the refrigerator than in a pan of water. While you just might be okay either way, thawing it in the refrigerator would ensure that the bird doesn't get warm enough to encourage bacterial growth. Smoking is done at lower temperatures and I've known quite a few people who have gotten sick from undercooked smoked food. I would seriously recommend using a food thermometer as well.
 

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