Let me just add my 2 cents. Last thanksgiving was the first time that i smoked a turkey, for that part, the first time ever doing a turkey. I made sure that the turkey 'popers' that tell u when the turkey is done for the oven were removed. I put a lovely rub on the bird, filled the cavity of the bird with apples and had a small water pan next to my fire box with apple jucie in it. I have a horizontal smoke btw. It smoke close to 1 hour per pound, but in the end I checked the internal temp. I know that if you go to butterball's website it will tell u where to check for the correct temp. Now, my bird wasnt the prettiest bird (nice and dark looking, almost burnt) but man it was the best turkey that any has eaten before. The white meat was not dried out but the dark meat was so tender and moist. I think that the next time that I do it, I will put more rub under the skin also. Good luck. I know that I was nervous doing my first one.