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Smoked turkey recipe

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Delicious juicy smoked turkey recipe for your electric smoker. Great for holidays ( Thanksgiving and Christmas) or summer weekends too. Try to make it in your Traeger or Masterbuilt smoker! What a festive main course dish!

whole smoked turkey in tray

What type of wood is best when smoking  turkey.

I like to use HICKORY wood chips when smoking a turkey. It adds some amazing earthy flavor. Hickory wood also best used with beef, pork and lamb.  Applewood is great too, i like to prepare smoked chicken with it. Make sure to check on it about every hour and fill the tray.

Do you have to baste a turkey?

Every couple hours (ideally very hour), i like to baste my smoked turkey with its juices OR with premade chicken broth. It helps to prevent a turkey from drying out and keep the meat moist and juicy.

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How long does it take to smoke a turkey

Get ready to smoke a good size turkey for about 4-6 hours. Its equal to about 30 minutes per pound. Cooking temperature should be around 240 degrees for the whole time  but sometimes the smoker temperature goes higher during the cooking process. Thats ok as long as its not going higher then 275.

How to thaw a whole turkey

I usually  thaw a turkey in the fridge. It takes a very long time though, get ready for about 24 hours to every 4  lb of turkey. OR try a cold water thawing method. Cover packed frozen turkey with cold water completely and change water every hour or so. That will help to thaw turkey quicker.

I don’t recommend to thaw a turkey directly on the counter at the room temperature.

smoked turkey carved

Complete your Thanksgiving dinner:

  1. Maple roasted brussels sprouts—- perfect thanksgiving side dish!
  2. Creamed corn recipe
  3. Pumpkin pie recipe—– very easy recipe for everyone
  4. Instant Pot collard greens southern style with bacon
  5. Sauteed green beans

More electric smoker recipes to try: Smoked turkey breast, Smoked brisket, Smoked beef ribs

Want to cook turkey legs instead? Try my Instant pot turkey legs recipe!

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Whole smoked turkey

Delicious juicy smoked turkey recipe for your electric smoker. Great for holidays ( Thanksgiving and Christmas) or summer weekends too. Try to make it in your Traeger or Masterbuilt smoker! What a festive main course dish!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: smoked turkey,, thanksgiving turkey
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 600kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 lb turkey
  • 1 onion
  • 1 lemon
  • few springs of fresh herbs

For the rub

  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon dry thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dry rosemary
  • 3 tablespoon salt

Instructions

  • Preheat smoker to 250 degrees with hickory wood.
  • Mix the spices. Stuff the turkey with sliced onion and lemon. Add fresh herbs as much as you want (3-4 springs is what i used). Apply mixed spices all over the skin.
    I like to use a aluminum tray when smoking a turkey. First, you keep all the juices in the tray that are great for basting, Also it makes the clean up much easier. SO, place prepared turkey in to the tray and move to the smoker for about 6 hours.
  • Check every couple hours and baste with juices. Refill wood chips as needed. Turkey needs to be at 165 degrees at the thickest part. when ready.
  • Pull the turkey out and let rest under the foil for about 20-30 minutes. Carve and enjoy

Tools used in this recipe

Electric smoker

Nutrition

Calories: 600kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 88g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 290mg | Sodium: 3070mg | Potassium: 975mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 656IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators.

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Got leftovers? Try to make this turkey carcass soup, so easy and will feed the whole family next day. Or Instant pot split pea soup that is great for utilizing turkey neck and wings!

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