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How to Smoke a Turkey for Thanksgiving!

November 20, 2023 2 min read

How to Smoke a Turkey for Thanksgiving!

Grilling the perfect turkey for Thanksgiving is an art form, and at Barbecue Whizz...Watch my Smoke!, we've got the ultimate recipe for success. Follow these steps to ensure your bird steals the show:

1. **Prep Like a Pro:** Thaw your turkey thoroughly, pat it dry, and remove the giblets. Brine the turkey overnight to lock in moisture and flavor.

2. **Season with Love:** Rub the turkey generously with your favorite seasonings. Think herbs, spices, and a touch of olive oil to create that flavorful crust.

3. **Set Up Your Grill:** Preheat your grill to around 325°F. For a charcoal grill, use indirect heat by placing coals on one side and the turkey on the other. For a gas grill, turn off burners directly below the turkey to create indirect heat.

4. **The Smoke Show:** Add wood chips to your smoker box or directly onto the coals to infuse that signature smoky taste. Use hardwoods like hickory or apple for a depth of flavor.

5. **Slow and Steady:** Place the turkey on the grill and close the lid. Cook it low and slow, allowing the smoke to work its magic. Aim for around 13 minutes of cooking time per pound of turkey.

6. **Stay Moist:** Baste the turkey every hour with a mixture of butter and broth to keep it moist and flavorful.

7. **Check the Temp:** Use a meat thermometer to ensure the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 165°F at the thickest part of the thigh.

8. **Rest and Carve:** Let the turkey rest for at least 20 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute, keeping the meat succulent.

With these steps and the right tools from Barbecue Whizz...Watch my Smoke!, you'll be grilling up a Thanksgiving turkey that's moist, flavorful, and sure to earn you accolades from your guests. Happy grilling!


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