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Foolproof smoked turkey recipe with tender and juicy results!

Recipe Summary

10 mins
6 hrs
1 hr 45 mins
7 hrs 55 mins
1 12-pound turkey


Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place turkey in a roasting pan. Rub salt all over and inside turkey. Let sit for 1 hour.

  • Preheat smoker to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). If your smoker is equipped with a water pan, fill it.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

773 calories; protein 90.7g; fat 42.9g; cholesterol 295mg; sodium 5914mg. Full Nutrition