The Best Thanksgiving Turkey
This smoked turkey is perfect to serve on Thanksgiving! This turkey will take your holiday meals to the next level.
You can smoke a turkey with whatever grill you have at home, as long as you can create indirect heat, maintain a consistent temperature, and add the flavor of wood smoke.
Here's what you'll need to smoke the best Thanksgiving turkey:
- A defrosted turkey that's around 15 pounds.
- Fuel or smoking wood. You'll want to make sure you have plenty of fuel to properly smoke your turkey.
- Drip pans. There's no doubt this turkey will be juicy, so you'll want to catch all the juice.
- A meat thermometer.
Prepping your turkey:
If you bought a pre-brined turkey, you should be set to go ahead and smoke your turkey. If you didn't purchase a pre-brined turkey, check out our next blog post on how to make the best turkey brine.
We also recommend using a sweet but simple rub on your turkey (brown sugar, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, ground mustard and cayenne pepper). These flavors will really bring out the flavors of your turkey.
Take your turkey out of the packaging and remove the neck and giblets from the turkey. If you're turkey was brined, be sure to rinse to rinse it thoroughly in cold water. Pat the turkey down with paper towels and tie the legs together with butcher's twine. Tuck the legs behind the shoulders because this will prevent the bird from burning.
At this point, rub down your turkey in butter or olive oil and season your turkey with the above seasonings. However, if you have already brined your turkey, you won't need to season it further because the brine will have already added enough flavor.
Set your smoker
The key to the best smoked turkey is a consistent temperature. You want to keep your smoker at 225 degrees throughout the smoking process. Once you get your smoker to a consistent 225 degree, you can go ahead and put your bird in the smoker.
You typically want to 30 minutes per pound of turkey. A 15 pound turkey will average about seven and a half hours, plus or minus 30 minutes. Cook until the internal temperature of the turkey is to 165 degrees.
Rest the turkey for at least 15 minutes before serving.
We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey!