How To Smoke A Turkey
This simple recipe is sure to keep you from fouling up your favorite fowl this holiday season.
Prep Time: 15-30 minutes
Cook Time: 3-4 hours for a smaller turkey, 4-5 hours for a big turkey
Servings: roughly 1 person per pound of turkey
- 1 turkey
- 1 container of Snider’s turkey brine
- 1 Bottle Plow Boys Yard Bird rub
- 2 split apples
- 2 split oranges
- 4 sticks of butter
- Mix the brine with 1 gallon of water and 1 gallon of apple juice and brine the turkey overnight. Make sure that your that your turkey is in a place where it will stay cold enough without freezing.
- Preheat your smoker to 275⁰*
- Melt two sticks of the butter and mix in 1 tbs of the Yardbird rub.
- Inject the melted rub and seasoning mixture into the turkey breasts and legs.
- Coat the exterior of the turkey with 1 softened stick of butter then season the turkey heavily.
- Place the split apples, oranges and the remaining stick of butter into the cavity of the turkey.
- Place the turkey on the smoker and cook it at 275⁰F for 2-3 hours, for a small turkey, or 3-4 hours, for a large turkey.
- Baste the turkey and tightly cover it in foil and cook it for 1 more hour. This step helps render the skin giving it a bite through tenderness.
- The turkey is done cooking when it reaches and internal temperature of 160/165⁰F in the breast and 107/175⁰F in the thighs.
*Our favorite woods to use on a turkey are a pecan and cherry blend, but you may also like a hickory or apple wood as well.