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Delicious smoked turkey that your family will beg you to make year after year! The holidays just aren't right in my family without it!


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20 mins
13 hrs
35 mins
13 hrs 55 mins
1 smoked turkey


Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Place turkey in a large roasting pan and remove or tie back wing tips. Mix lemon pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and seasoned salt into softened butter in a bowl. Massage butter onto turkey skin and inside cavity until turkey is thoroughly covered.

  • Combine apple juice and wine in a large pitcher or bowl. Pour enough into the smoker's water pan to fill it; add rosemary.

  • Place charcoal in the bottom pan of smoker and light according to manufacturer's directions. Wait until charcoal is covered in white ash, about 20 minutes. Place turkey in the smoker, add a handful of wood chips to the charcoal, and close the lid.

  • Check smoker every 60 to 90 minutes to add more charcoal or wood chips. Top up water pan with apple juice and wine as needed. Cook turkey until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh reads 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), 13 to 15 hours.

  • Remove turkey from the smoker, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest in a warm area before slicing, 15 to 30 minutes.

Cook's Note:

My sister, who taught me this recipe, cooks two turkeys at a time due to our large family gatherings. If you do this, double the butter and all spices/herbs aside from the rosemary, and just stack the turkeys in the smoker.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of salt, wine, and apple juice. The actual amount of these ingredients consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

987 calories; protein 92.5g; carbohydrates 30.1g; fat 36.7g; cholesterol 280.5mg; sodium 962.5mg. Full Nutrition