My Favorite Thanksgiving Turkey (Smoked) Recipe @pinch

If you've never smoked a turkey this is a great step-by-step recipe that will help make the process easier. Extremely juicy, this smoked turkey is filled with rich flavor. It has a wonderful brine that tenderizes and marinates the meat. Apples and veggies stuffed in the cavity help to enhance the flavor of the turkey meat. Then, there's a buttery herb baste that helps to create a flavorful crust. This smoked turkey will be a beautiful centerpiece for your holiday meal. This is the only way I do turkey for Thanksgiving. I've been using this recipe for at least 10 years now. It is time-consuming but so worth it.

my favorite thanksgiving turkey (smoked)
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Recipe Cuisine: American Recipe Category: Turkey Yield: 6 Servings
Ingredients :
  • - turkey
  • 4 gallon water
  • 3 cup(s) Kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoon(s) fresh garlic (rough chopped)
  • 6 tablespoon(s) black pepper (fresh ground)
  • 1/2 cup(s) Worcestershire sauce
  • 2/3 cup(s) brown sugar
  • 1 large container
  • 1/2 cup(s) butter
  • 1 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon(s) poultry seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon(s) basil
  • 1 teaspoon(s) thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) sage
  • - onion & garlic
  • - apple & celery
  • - wood for smoking
Intructions :
  • For the brine
  • combine all ingredients stir until all is dissolved. Might have to heat
  • if so cool to room temperature.
  • Pour brine into a large container.
  • Remove insides from turkey
  • rinse
  • and place in brine. Store in a cool place. Depending on outside temps I have stored it outside
  • a cooler with ice also works if you can't make room in the fridge.
  • Brine for at least 24 hours. Remove turkey from brine
  • and rinse very well.
  • Pat dry inside and out
  • leaving no moisture.
  • Start grill or smoker
  • you want it medium to hot.
  • Soak wood chunks or chips.
  • Rough chop the onion
  • garlic
  • celery
  • and apple. Fill the neck and cavity with the veggies.
  • Make the baste: In a small saucepan melt butter and add the remaining ingredients. Stir till well mixed.
  • Brush over the outside of the turkey. You might have to make a second batch of the baste.
  • Add wood to the smoker. I use varying mixes of hickory
  • pecan
  • cherry
  • apple
  • and oak woods.
  • Spray the rack with cooking spray to prevent the turkey from sticking. Place turkey on grill/smoker away from the coals.
  • Baste several times with the baste about every 30-60 minutes. Keep wood on the coals. If turkey starts to get to dark place aluminum foil over it.
  • Smoke time depends on the type of smoker and size of the turkey
  • anywhere from 4-8 hours. Check temp remove from grill at 165 degrees. Remove veggies from inside and discard. let sit for 10 minutes. Carve and enjoy.

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