For larger meat cuts, such as roasts and whole chickens or turkeys, insert a oven-going meat thermometer before roasting or grilling. This type of thermometer can remain in the meat while roasting in the oven or cooking on the grill. The thermometer should not touch any fat, bone, or the pan.
Additionally, how do you know when turkey is done without thermometer? The deepest part of the thigh muscle is the very last part of the turkey to be done. The internal temperature should reach 180°F. To check for doneness without a thermometer, pierce the thigh and pay attention to the juices: if the juices run clear, its cooked, and if the juices are reddish pink, it needs more time.
In this manner, is Turkey done at 165 or 180?
Some confusion is inevitable, as until 2006, the FDA recommended a cooking temperature of 165 for the breast meat and 180 for the thighs. For turkey thats 165 degrees, youll want to remove the bird from the oven when the temperature reaches 155 to 160 degrees because it will continue to cook outside the oven.
Can you leave thermometer in meat while smoking?
If its the standard oven proof meat thermometer, yes you can leave it in - ifs its calibrated! BF got me one of these at Cabelas and I love it! Give me both the oven/smoker temp and the IT of the meat and its oven safe up to 550* and dishwasher safe.