This recipe will teach you everything you need to know about smoking a turkey. Smoking a turkey is actually a lot simpler than it may seem.Using these step by step instructions, you’ll have a perfectly moist turkey, with a nice flavor of smoke your family will enjoy.

Turkey in a serving tray, ready to be served.

How long should you smoke a turkey?

To prepare a turkey to a perfect readiness, keep thetemperature at 225F, whilesmoking the turkey for 30-40 minutes per pound. If your turkey is 20lb, you will need to smoke the turkey for 10 to 13 hours. Every smoker works a little different, so the best way to measure the readiness of the turkey is to check that the internal temperature of the turkey is 165F.

How to make a Smoked Turkey

  • Defrost a turkey or purchase a fresh one. If you are using a frozen turkey, it may take over 24 hours to defrost it, so plan in advance.
  • Use a smoke rub or brine, and let the turkey marinate at lease for 24 hours.
  • Place the turkey on a smoker, breast side up. Stuff it with whole onion and apples. During the smoking process, you can apply butter to the top of the turkey breast. This will add more moisture to the smoked turkey.
  • You will need to smoke the turkey at 225F for 30-40 minutes per pound.
  • The internal temperature of a fully smoked turkey should read 165F.
Smoked turkey on a serving dish with garish around it

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.