How to Smoke a Turkey

Here is my collection of smoked turkey recipes, mostly from authors I know personally. I hope they help make your Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday meal amazing. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to send us an email or leave a comment below, and we'll be glad to help.

Butter Injected Spatchcock Turkey

Kamado Joe / Man Cave Meals

This video recipe comes from my friend John at Man Cave Meals. He demonstrates how to spatchcock the bird (my favorite method), inject it with butter, and cook it hot and fast over charcoal.

Photo copyright Smoking-Meat.com

"Butter Overload" Smoked Turkey

Jeff Phillips, SmokingMeat.com

Jeff likes to amp the flavor in his turkey by stuffing butter under the skin, plastering the outside of the turkey with butter, and then basting it twice with butter during the cook. You'll learn how to make rub butter and to wet-brine the turkey.

Click here for Jeff's "lots of butter" turkey recipe.

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast With Cornbread Stuffing

Lavern Gingerich, StoryQue editor

If you'd like to stray from the beaten path, I'd suggest this bacon-wrapped turkey breast. Weaving bacon is so much fun, and a bacon blanket is perfect for keeping a lean turkey breast juicy and tender. The cornbread stuffing, turkey, and crispy bacon complement each other perfectly.

This recipe is available in StoryQue issue 64. Start your free trial to get this issue free:

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Dry Brined Turkey

Mike Vrobel, DadCooksDinner.com

Dry brining is preferable to wet brining, at least if you're like me and don't like the hassle involved. In this recipe, Mike shares his tips and tricks for doing a simple dry brine and cooking a whole turkey on a charcoal grill without overcooking the breast while the dark meat gets up to temperature.

Read the dry brined turkey recipe here.

Cajun Smoked Turkey

Malcom Reed, HowtoBBQRight.com

Ready for a new flavor on your holiday table? In this recipe, Malcom explains how he brines, injects, and seasons a whole turkey with Cajun flavors.

Get the text version of the Cajun Smoked Turkey recipe here.

Photo copyright AmazingRibs.com

The Smoked Turkey "Encyclopedia"

Meathead, AmazingRibs.com

If you want to know about all there is to know about smoking a turkey and the science behind it, you'll appreciate Meathead's in-depth article on cooking the ultimate smoked turkey.

Read the Ultimate Smoked Turkey here.


There are dozens, maybe hundreds, of smoked turkey recipes online. As a beginner, it's easy to get overwhelmed with all the different methods and ideas on how to smoke a turkey. However, if you get the basics down and keep a close eye on the internal temperature of the meat, you will be amazed how easy it is to cook a feast-worthy bird.

And most of all, the main thing is to enjoy preparing your holiday meal and to make good memories with family and friends. Happy holidays!

About the Author Lavern Gingerich

I’m Lavern Gingerich, advocate for Meadow Creek barbecue equipment and founder and editor of StoryQue magazine. You can find us on Facebook and Instagram.

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