Smoking a turkey is absolutely the best way to cook a whole turkey. The flavors can't be beat and it is so juicy and so moist that you will never cook your holiday turkeys in the oven - or the fryer - ever again.
Most people don't get to have the luxury of having a perfectly smoked turkey, but with your smoker and this recipes... you can produce the turkey that will have everyone bragging on your BBQ skills.
Believe me, I have tried about every method there is for cooking turkey - from roasting it to deep frying it, but slow-smoking a turkey is the way to go. I have never had another turkey - from anywhere - that was as as moist and delicious as when I smoke it.
Just follow this smoked turkey recipe and let me know if you have any questions.
I like to brine my turkeys for 24 hours prior to smoking. If you want to skip the brine, it will turn out just fine. I do think that the brine creates a moister turkey and I highly recommend it if you have the time.
Bring 1 quart of the water to a boil and add the other ingredients to dissolve. Allow to cool completely.
Place the turkey in a large plastic bag then place it in a cooler. (If you can find the XL storage Ziplock bags, they will work the best... but in a pinch I have used a new kitchen trash bag)
Pour the brine over the turkey and add the other 3 quarts of water. Make sure you have the bag already in cooler because it makes this process a lot easier. The turkey should be submerged in the liquid.
Now you just have to keep your turkey cold for 24 hours.. so you will need some ice and you will need to replenish the ice as it melts. If it's cold outside I always keep my cooler in my garage... this just keeps the ice from melting as fast.
Of course, if you have a big enough pot you can skip the bag and the cooler and just put the turkey straight into your refrigerator, but my wife isn't willing to give up that much space in our frig this time of year.
Once you have the bird washed and paper towel dried, it's time to inject. I normally use ½ of the jar of injection but you can use the entire thing if you want. Spread out the injection sights and be sure to concentrate on the thighs and legs. I usually hit the breast at the top, bottom and middle. The wings aren't that important.
Cut up your apple and your onion into quarters and place inside the cavity of the bird. Let your bird come to room temp (about 30 - 45 minutes) and then it's time for it to go on the smoker.
Your smoker needs to be up to operating temp (275 - 300) and then you can place the turkey on a rack - breast side up.
Setting your temp higher (at 275 - 200 degrees) allows you to get a skin that is more crispy than it is rubbery.
It normally takes about 3 hours to get it to the proper internal temp, but as you know some cookers cook differently.
Really, it's a personal preference, I want to take mine to 165 and then let it rest. Larger birds may need to go to higher temps but 185 would be way too much in my opinion. If you can grab the leg and it feels like it's coming off, it's done.
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