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.
FAQs: How to Make Smoked Turkey!
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. (If you DO want to brine your turkey, I have a bomb rosemary turkey brine recipe right here!)
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Easy Smoked Roasted Turkey
- 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
Outside of the turkey
- 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!