Are you looking for a recipe for smoked turkey?
You’re in the right place!
In this TheGrillingDad.com recipe, you’ll learn:
- Ingredients needed
- Step by step recipe on how to smoke a turkey
- And much more!
You don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to have a good turkey dinner.
This smoked turkey will steal the show at any dinner, whether it is a special occasion or just because.
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How to Smoke a Turkey (7 Simple Steps)
- Thaw the Turkey
- Brine It
- Prep Time
- Start Smoking for 30 Minutes
- Cover Turkey and Smoke Until Done (About 7 Hours)
- Let It Rest
- Carve It, Serve, and Be Thankful
More details on each step below.
Ingredients for Smoked Turkey
- 15-pound turkey
- 1 whole apple, quartered
- 1 whole lemon, quartered
- 1 whole onion, quartered
- 1 tbsp of garlic, minced
- 4 tbsp of melted butter
- 4-6 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 4-6 sprigs of fresh thyme
- 2 tbsp of salt (if brining)
- 2 cups of apple juice (if brining)
- Several cups of room temperature water (if brining)
- A few chunks of hickory or pecan wood
How Much Smoked Turkey Per Person?
For a smoked turkey, you should plan around 1 ½ lbs.
per person you’ll be feeding. At 1 ½ lbs. per person, everyone will get their fill with plenty of leftovers for next day sandwiches.
A 15-pound turkey will feed around 10-12 people at this rate!
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Catching the Smoked Turkey Drippings?
A foil drip pan to catch the juices of the turkey is important for making gravy later.
Place a pan under the smoker and put several cups of water in prior to smoking your turkey.
The water will evaporate during the process so make sure to fill it as needed.
This helps keep the smoking environment moist, so you don’t get a dry bird!
Once you’re done, you can make a delicious homemade gravy to go with your turkey.