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How to Smoke a Turkey


Mr Handsome and I were trying to decide what to do about a turkey this year. Last year we Deep Fried her. It was glorious. In fact, it was so glorious we went ahead and gave away a fryer. (Bet you’re sad you missed out on that one!) This year we decided to have an all out Southern Thanksgiving, and we are going for a Smoked Turkey. Of course we had to have a test run, and the results were unbelievable. So, here’s how to smoke a turkey.

You guys, (well, let’s be honestly ya’ll are mostly women) this turkey is delicious. I mean it seems to me that roasting a perfectly moist, or even cooked through turkey is pretty darn difficult. I have made quite a few turkeys and no matter how careful I am there are always a few that are too dry or take double the cooking time that they should have. We’ve now made 2 fried turkeys and 1 smoked, all three have turned out like a dream. Hands down the juiciest, most wonderful turkeys ever.


I realize that Thanksgiving is normally the roasted turkey, mashed potatoes and green beans type of thing, but I promise that this cilantro butter corn (we just cut ours off of the cob after steaming) smoked turkey, beans, cornbread, cheese cracker appetizers and all of the other delicious southern recipes are to die for. I hear over and over again that people don’t actually love the food for Thanksgiving, it’s the company they love. So, why not mix things up and make this the type of meal that you actually walk away satisfied from?

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How to Smoke a Turkey

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smoked turkey

How to Smoke a Turkey

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 9 hours
Total Time: 9 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 1 turkey


*adapted from "Dadgum That's Good Too" in case you don't have an injector

  • Apple Juice
  • Water
  • 1 Whole Turkey Thawed (this takes a few days so think ahead and place it in the fridge)
  • Butterball Buttery Creole Injection marinade or your own
  • *Cajun Seasoning or your own we used 2 Teaspoons of Italian Seasoning
  • 8 Tablespoons of butter softened


  • Pull out the turkey 30 minutes before smoking it so it can come to room temperature.
  • Preheat your smoker at 275 degrees for 15 minutes with the lid closed.
  • Mix the butter and spices together and rub it all over the under the skin and then all over the outside of the skin too.
  • Place the turkey in an oven safe baking dish or roaster pan and smoke the turkey for 3 1/2 - 4 hours. Optional: wrap the turkey in peach butcher paper after 2 hours.
  • Any juice or water leftover in the pan can be transferred to a saucepan and turned into gravy.
Nutrition Facts
How to Smoke a Turkey
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 7971
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 3845.7mg1282%
Carbohydrates 7.8g3%
Fiber 0.7g3%
Sugar 3.6g4%
Protein 1083.6g2167%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Don’t want to cook up an entire bird? Try roasting a turkey breast

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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They love everything from the keep you fit and healthy to the get out your sweat pants indulgent and everything in between.

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  • I would love to try a smoked turkey next year. I noticed your recipe or the post doesn’t give you instructions on how to do that. I just see a list of ingredients. What is the method? 😊

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    • Hi Bernadette! I’m so sorry about that! I don’t know how those instructions disappeared. I have added the smoking instructions back into the recipe card. Please let me know if there are any questions. Enjoy!

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  • Hubs is DYING to smoke a turkey!!! Maybe we'll have to do one this year… 🙂

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  • Sometimes we buy a smoked turkey breast from Honey Baked. How great to do it at home instead.

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  • Your Southern Thanksgiving meal sounds amazing. All of it!

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  • That's going to be one delicious bird! Love the look of that plate! YUM!

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  • I think we'll come to your house for Turkey Day.

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