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whole smoked turkey in tray
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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


  • Electric smoker


  • 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


  • 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


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