Easy smoked whole turkey recipe. That’s right folks, we’re not just going to make smoked turkey breast. We’re smoking the whole darn thing!
I don’t know about you, but I can have turkey any time of the year. Especially is it’s smoked! There’s just something about smoked turkey, and I swear I can never get enough of it. In this post I’m going to share my recipe for easy smoked turkey. This recipe is so simple. Unlike a lot of other smoked turkey recipes you’ll find that I do NOT do a overnight brine, or any of that other unnecessary stuff. I keep everything easy, and the outcome is amazing! So let’s get to some of the questions that I know that I’ll get asked.
How long will it take to smoke a turkey?
Depending on the size of your turkey it will take anywhere from 6-12 hours. I personally smoke my turkey, which is usually around 12-14, at 275 F for about 6-7 hours.
What temperature should I smoke my turkey?
I noticed that a lot of people use different temperatures. I’ve seen some smoke turkeys at 225F, while others smoke their turkeys at 300 F. I personally smoke my turkeys on my grill at 275 F, and it works for me.
Do you have to brine a turkey?
Heck no! 9 times out of 10 I don’t brine my turkey, and it still comes out flavorful and moist.
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- 13-15 lb whole turkey everything remove out of the cavity
- 8 tbsp unsalted butter not margarine
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 medium yellow onion finely diced
- 5 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp coarse black pepper
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 3 tbsp peanut oil or your favorite vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 1/2 tsp parsley flakes
- 1 tsp coarse black pepper
- 2 tsp paprika
I start off by doing a "walk around" with the turkey. Meaning I make sure there isn't anything on the turkey that I don't want ( excess fat, feathers, and of course I remove everything out of the cavity as well!)
Once the turkey is good to go, set it to the side.
Now grab a medium sized mixing bowl and add in all the ingredients for the turkey butter.
Once the butter, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, and olive oil are in the mixing bowl, mix everything until well combined. Set the turkey butter aside.
Use your hands or a plastic spatula to loosing the skin on the turkey. Once the skin is loosened, start rubbing the turkey butter under the turkey skin as well as the turkey.
Next drizzle the oil all over the turkey, then sprinkle on the kosher salt, coarse black pepper, parsley flakes, and paprika.
Rub the turkey down, and make sure that everything is seasoned etc.
At this time your grill/ smoker should be heated to 275 F.
Carefully place the turkey on the grill, and make sure that it's in the middle.
Smoke the turkey for 6-7 hours. Be sure to check the internal temperature of the turkey, and it should be at least 165 °F.
Let the turkey rest for 30 minutes before cutting into it.
Serve and enjoy!