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Super Easy Smoked Turkey

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Foolproof smoked turkey recipe with tender and juicy results!"
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7 h 55 m servings 773
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 12-pound turkey)


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  1. Place turkey in a roasting pan. Rub salt all over and inside turkey. Let sit for 1 hour.
  2. Preheat smoker to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). If your smoker is equipped with a water pan, fill it.
  3. Rinse salt off turkey and pat dry with paper towels. Return to roasting pan and baste with melted better. Cover with aluminum foil and place in smoker.
  4. Cook for about 3 hours; remove aluminum foil. Continue to cook, uncovered, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the turkey thigh reads 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), 3 to 3 1/2 hours.
  5. Remove turkey from the smoker and tent with aluminum foil. Let it rest in a warm area before slicing, 45 to 60 minutes.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • A gas smoker is used in this recipe. Pecan is the primary wood I use in my smoker. Charcoal can be used as well.
  • Check the water pan every 2 to 4 hours and add hot water as needed. Add damp wood chips as needed to maintain cooking temperature at 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  • This method works with turkeys weighing 12 to 20 pounds. Increase cooking time to reach safe internal temperature, approximately 30 minutes per pound.
  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of salt. The actual amount of salt consumed will vary.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 773 calories; 42.9 0 90.7 295 5914 Full nutrition

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Re-Edit - Here's how our smoker gets a turkey workout - in the backyard, up in the mountains while camping off grid, at my mom's, etc. Seriously, the easiest turkey recipe ever. A few tips ...

We made this for Father’s Day. My husband wanted to cook outside and we thought it would be a good way to experiment with his Acorn Charcoal Cooker I got him for his birthday. He made sure that ...

I used pineapples and onions that I placed inside the , injected it with garlic and butter with herbs and smoked for 6 hours at 230. The seasonings is what topped it off

Great basic recipe. I also injected ours with butter. Simple and great-tasting!

Did my own smoke rub and used maple wood chips in smoker, best turkey ever