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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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!
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