Sometimes turkey can be… well, a bit boring (and dry) but when you take the time to smoke a turkey, you are ensuring a juicier and tastier end product that will definitely leave your guests wanting more!
Remember: The key to the perfect smoked turkey is low temperature and slow timing! Heat your smoker to around 250 degrees and cook the turkey for 30 minutes per pound!
What you need:
4 cups applewood chips 1
(12-pound) fresh or frozen turkey thawed
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup water
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
Soak wood chips in water for an hour; drain well
Combine oil and next 7 ingredients in a small bowl and rub oil mixture under loosened skin and over breasts and drumsticks. Tie legs together and place 1 cup water, onion, carrot, and celery in the bottom of a large disposable roasting pan. Let turkey stand at room temperature for one hour.
After preheating, place 2 cups wood chips on heat element on right side. Place the roasting pan with the turkey on grill rack over left burner. Grill until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees. Halfway through cooking, add remaining wood chips.
Now, go and make sure you have the appropriate propane gas supplies you need and let’s get this party started!