J and I received this smoker for Christmas last year. We decided to try it out this weekend on a whole turkey.
This was our first time ever smoking anything, so it was kind of experimental. We did some research, read a few different pages with tips and tricks, then we went for it.
In the morning we took the turkey out of the brine, rinsed it, dried it, then set it in the fridge until ready to cook.
We heated the grill in the side firebox using charcoal. We let that heat until the coals turned red. While the grill heated, we rubbed the turkey with a simple rub of:
4 T garlic salt
4 T onion salt
1 T cayenne
1 T black pepper
Just before we put the turkey on the grill, we added some hickory wood chips that we had soaked in water for about 20 minutes, then we placed the turkey on the grill, breast side up.
It took about 4 hours for the turkey to cook through - the breast should be at 160 and the thighs at 170. The breasts seemed to reach the temp much more quickly than the thighs, so we put some foil over the breasts to hopefully help them not to dry out.
During the cooking time - we definitely had some problems keeping the temperature regulated. We also realized that even though the chips had been soaked, they still burned way too fast. About an hour into cooking J took a quick trip to Home Depot to larger hickory pieces that would last longer. That definitely made a difference.