Perfecting the Turkey Turn-In Box

close up of turkey turn-in box


Turkey Smoke Team

When it comes to trophy-worthy turkey, think outside the box. When it comes to presentation, think inside the box!

Chris Schafer with a turkey turn-in box
Chris Schafer of Heavy Smoke BBQ with his turkey turn-in box.

Pitmasters know that it takes time to create a masterpiece on the grill or smoker. But when it comes to perfecting an award-winning Turkey Smoke competition turn-in box, presentation is everything. From the coals to the judging table, the turn-in box can make or break your scoresheet if not handled with care.

Symmetry, freshness and plain old T.L.C. are all important when submitting your best turkey entry, but what does it really take to go home with the gold?

When it comes to impressing the judges, professional pitmaster Chris Schafer of Heavy Smoke BBQ has the recipe for bringing home the Turkey Smoke hardware (and prize money), and he’s laying it all out on the table in his Competition Turkey Smoke TELL-ALL recipe with The BBQ League below.

The perfect blend of spices, smoke and sauce are only the half of a winning competition entry. Slicing, rolling or stuffing with care, placement of the garnish and the final finishing touches are what really make a turkey turn-in box shine. But don’t just take our word for it. Let the judges decide.

As Turkey Smoke hits the road for another explosive barbecue season, don’t miss your chance to get in on the action! The Turkey Smoke Series in partnership with the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) is coming to 17 events nationwide in 2021, giving competitors the chance to win BIG at each competition and rack up points in pursuit of Turkey Smoke Team of the Year. Learn more about how you can win that Turkey Smoke flame and head home with coveted prize money here.

Where there’s smoke, there’s turkey. And we hope you’ll follow the smoke to @TurkeySmokeBBQ!