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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How to Smoke a Turkey

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time9 hrs
Total Time9 hrs 15 mins
Course: Over 300 Christmas Recipes and Ideas to Bring the Christmas Spirit
Keyword: entree, poultry, smoked, thanksgiving, turkey
Servings: 1 turkey
Calories: 7971kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


*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


Serving: 1g | Calories: 7971kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.8g | Protein: 1083.6g | Cholesterol: 3845.7mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 3.6g
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Don’t want to cook up an entire bird? Try roasting a turkey breast

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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5 comments on “How to Smoke a Turkey”

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

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

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

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

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