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


  1. 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.
  2. Preheat your smoker to 275*
  3. Melt two sticks of the butter and mix in 1 tbs of the Yardbird rub.
  4. Inject the melted rub and seasoning mixture into the turkey breasts and legs.
  5. Coat the exterior of the turkey with 1 softened stick of butter then season the turkey heavily.
  6. Place the split apples, oranges and the remaining stick of butter into the cavity of the turkey.
  7. Place the turkey on the smoker and cook it at 275F for 2-3 hours, for a small turkey, or 3-4 hours, for a large turkey.
  8. 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.
  9. The turkey is done cooking when it reaches and internal temperature of 160/165F in the breast and 107/175F 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.

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