Smoked Whole Turkey

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings
  • Total: 9 hr (includes soaking and resting times)
  • Active: 10 min


1 fresh whole turkey (15 to 17 pounds), patted dry with paper towels

Canola oil, for brushing

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup chicken stock

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar


Special equipment:
wood chips (such as hickory, apple or pecan wood) soaked in cold water for at least 4 hours and up to 48 hours; a charcoal grill or smoker
  1. Remove the turkey from the fridge and allow to sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour before cooking.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare a charcoal grill or smoker for indirect heat, at approximately 275 degrees F. Sprinkle in wood chips (such as hickory, apple or pecan wood) that have soaked in cold water for at least 4 hours and up to 48 hours, and allow them to char before cooking.
  3. Place the turkey in a roasting pan fitted with a rack. Brush the entire turkey with the oil and season liberally with salt and pepper.
  4. Place the turkey in the grill or smoker and cook for 45 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, mix together the chicken stock, honey and vinegar. Baste the turkey after cooking for 45 minutes. Repeat the basting every 45 minutes until the internal temperature of the thigh registers 165 degrees F and the breast registers 155 degrees F, about 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours, depending on the size of the bird.
  6. Remove the turkey to a large cutting board and let rest for at least 20 minutes before carving.
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14 Reviews


This turkey is the best I have ever made. It takes time and I’m smoking it in the northeast on New Year’s Eve so you have to adjust for weather but it couldn’t have been easier. Turns out a beautiful dark honey brown with crispy glistening skin. The smoke really gives an otherwise plain bird a lot of flavor.

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