Smoked Turkey (Without Smoker)


This delicious smoked turkey will literally fall off the bones. It may look done, but keep it in oven the entire time for fall-off-the-bone goodness. Delicious!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
7 hrs
Additional Time:
1 day
Total Time:
1 day 7 hrs 20 mins
12 servings


  • 1 cup sugar-based curing mixture (such as Morton® Tender Quick®)

  • ¼ cup liquid smoke, or more to taste

  • 1 (12 pound) thawed whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil


  1. Combine curing mixture and liquid smoke together in a bowl; mix into a paste. Pat paste on inside and outside of turkey. Place turkey in a resealable plastic bag; refrigerate for 24 hours.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Wash turkey inside and out with cold water; dry. Pat with cooking oil. Place turkey in an oven bag; poke holes into bag for ventilation according to manufacturer's instructions. Set bagged turkey into a 9x13-inch baking pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Reduce heat to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Bake until turkey comes easily off the bone and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), about 6 hours.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of liquid smoke and curing mixture. The actual amount of liquid smoke and curing mixture consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

731 Calories
38g Fat
91g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 731
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 10g 51%
Cholesterol 265mg 88%
Sodium 9650mg 420%
Protein 91g
Calcium 90mg 7%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 905mg 19%

* 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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