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23 INGREDIENTS15 STEPS25hr 45min

Smoked Turkey

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Once you try this smoked turkey recipe, you’ll never cook turkey any other way.
Smoked Turkey Recipe | SideChef
Once you try this smoked turkey recipe, you’ll never cook turkey any other way.
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25hr 45min
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$7.59
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Ingredients

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Servings:
12
Serves 12
11.9 lb
Whole Turkey
31 1/4 cups
Water
1 cup
Brown Sugar
1 cup
Molasses
1 cup
1 1/3 cups
1/4 cup
Barbecue Rub
1 bunch
1 Tbsp
Peppercorns
1 Tbsp
Poultry Seasoning
1/2 cup
1 cup
Chicken Broth
1 Tbsp
Hot Sauce
1 tsp
1 tsp
Cajun Seasoning
1
Onion
1 stalk
as needed
Ice
as needed
Nonstick Cooking Spray
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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
968
FAT
33.0 g
PROTEIN
98.0 g
CARBS
67.5 g

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Thaw the Whole Turkey (11.9 lb) . Remove the neck and giblets, and rinse the bird under cool water.
Step 2
Now it’s time for the brine. In a large stock pot bring 1 gallon of Water (15 3/4 cups) to a boil and add the Barbecue Rub (1/4 cup) , Bay Leaves (3) , Honey (1 cup) , Molasses (1 cup) , Salt (1 1/3 cups) and Brown Sugar (1 cup) .
Step 3
Once the ingredients have dissolved turn off the heat and allow the mixture to cool. Place the turkey inside the storage bag and pour in the brine. Also toss in the Peppercorns (1 Tbsp) and Fresh Thyme (1 bunch) .
Step 4
Top the turkey off with an additional gallon of Water (15 3/4 cups) and the entire bird should be covered. Close the bag and a bag of Ice (as needed) on top - this will help keep the turkey submerged. Let the turkey soak for 24 hours replacing the ice as needed.
Step 5
The next day remove the turkey from the brine and rinse under cool water. Allow it to drain and pat off any excess water with paper towels.
Step 6
Cut Onion (1) in half and stuff in the cavity. Add Celery (1 stalk) and Apples (2) . This will add mass to the turkey helping it cook even and gives it some additional flavor.
Step 7
To make the seasoning mix Kosher Salt (1 cup) , Granulated Garlic (1 cup) , Poultry Seasoning (1 Tbsp) .
Step 8
First spray the outside of the turkey with Nonstick Cooking Spray (as needed) to help the seasonings stick to the skin and keep the outside from getting to dark. Apply the seasoning mix to the outside making sure to cover everything; then apply a light layer of bbq rub.
Step 9
The next step is to inject the turkey. To prepare the injection melt the Butter (1/2 cup) in a sauce pan and add the Chicken Broth (1 cup) , Cajun Seasoning (1 tsp) , Granulated Garlic (1 tsp) , and Hot Sauce (1 Tbsp) .
Step 10
Whisk the ingredients together and remove from heat once incorporated. It doesn’t need to come to a boil. Let the injection cool and shoot it into the turkey.
Step 11
Hit the breast in 3-4 locations on each side and do the same for the legs and thighs. Before placing the turkey on the smoker, use butcher twine to secure the legs and wings.
Step 12
Place the turkey on the smoker and set a timer for 1 1/2 hours. Smoke the turkey at 275-300 degrees F (140-150 degrees C).
Step 13
When the timer goes off, rotate the turkey on the rack to ensure it is cooking evenly on all sides. Never flip the turkey. It stays on the back, breast up, the entire cook.
Step 14
It takes about 3 1/2 hours whole time to smoke the turkey. When you stick the turkey, juices should run out clear. There should be no trace of blood or pink colored liquid.
Step 15
When the turkey is done let it rest for at least 15 minutes before carving.
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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
968
% Daily Value*
Fat
33.0 g
42%
Saturated Fat
11.2 g
56%
Trans Fat
0.3 g
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Cholesterol
344.1 mg
115%
Carbohydrates
67.5 g
25%
Fiber
0.9 g
3%
Sugars
65.3 g
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Protein
98.0 g
196%
Sodium
24273.1 mg
1055%
Vitamin D
1.4 µg
7%
Calcium
206.0 mg
16%
Iron
6.0 mg
33%
Potassium
1505.6 mg
32%
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