If you own a pellet smoker a turkey, then there’s no excuse for not trying this pellet smoked turkey recipe. You’ll make mouths water this Holiday season with the best turkey your family has ever tasted…
You Will Need
- Whole Turkey (clean & trimmed)
- All Purpose Seasoning
- White Onion
- Olive Oil
Right away, let’s address the question on everyone’s mind: why brine the turkey before smoking? Brining o turkey (or any other meat before cooking) serves a few different purposes. Firstly, it adds moisture to the meat, which will result in a more juicy, tender meal for you and your loved ones. Secondly, it allows the spices, herbs, and any other ingredients you add to work on the meat for a prolonged period of time. Taking those flavors to a whole new level!
For the brine, mix: 1/3 gallon cold water, 1/2 Cup salt, 2 Cups brown sugar, 2 Tbsp peppercorn, 1 Tbsp allspice, 1 Tbsp thyme, 1 Tbsp sage. Mix the ingredients, then pour it into the container you’ll use for brining. Place the turkey in the brine, then add as much cold water as you need to cover the bird completely. Now either add ice to the water, or (preferably) place the container in the fridge overnight.
Once the brining is done, drain all of the liquids and pat the bird dry with a paper towel. Now season the cavity with the all purpose rub, then stuff with onions, celery, and/or any other veggies & herbs you like. Then tie the chickens legs together with butchers twine to keep everything inside. Rub some olive oil on the outside and season with the AP rub.
Time to get hot! Set your pellet smoker up for cooking in the 275ºF-300ºF range. Keep in mind that temps will fluctuate regularly on a pellet grill, so keep an eye out for any extreme changes in temperature.
Place the turkey on the pellet smoker, and install your thermometer probes. About every 30 minutes, check on the turkey. If the skin starts drying up, apply another layer of oil.
Once you get a core temp of 165º in the breast and 175º (give or take) in the thigh, pull the pellet smoked turkey off the heat. Tent with foil and let carryover heat work on it for 15 minutes.
That’s it! Slice your pellet smoked turkey up, and serve with some giblet gravy on the side.
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