Honey-Smoked Turkey


Try this honey-smoked turkey for a moist turkey coated in a sweet honey glaze. This is the easiest way to cook a big bird! It will be the best turkey you have ever had. I hope you enjoy it as much as my friends and family do when I make it. I never have any leftovers.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 45 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins


  • ½ pound mesquite wood chips

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage

  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons celery salt

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 (12 pound) whole turkey

  • 1 (12 ounce) jar honey


  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat. Soak wood chips in a pan of water and place them next to the grill.

  2. Mix sage, pepper, celery salt, basil, and oil together in a bowl.

  3. Remove and discard neck and giblets from turkey. Rinse turkey and pat dry; place into a large, disposable roasting pan and rub all over with herb mixture. Turn turkey so the breast is facing down and tent loosely with aluminum foil.

  4. Place the roasting pan on the preheated grill. Throw a handful of wood chips onto the coals. Close the lid and cook for 1 hour.

  5. Throw about two more handfuls of soaked wood chips onto the fire. Drizzle 1/2 of the honey over turkey and tent again with foil. Close the lid and continue cooking until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh, near the bone, should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

  6. Leave turkey on the grill. Remove the foil and carefully turn turkey so the breast is facing up; baste with remaining honey. Cook, uncovered, for 15 more minutes; cooked honey will be very dark.


If you are using a charcoal grill, use about twice the normal amount of charcoal.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

647 Calories
29g Fat
25g Carbs
69g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 647
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 229mg 76%
Sodium 776mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 69g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 925mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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