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Traditional Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey

Traditional Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey

By Traeger Kitchen

The best Thanksgiving turkey recipe calls for simple spices & primal wood-fired flavor. Traeger is your recipe for success.

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cook Time

4 Hours




Number of people serving


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Units of measurement:
1/2 Pound butter
6 Clove garlic, minced
8 Sprig fresh thyme
1 Sprig fresh rosemary
1 Tablespoon cracked black pepper
1/2 Tablespoon kosher salt
20 Pound Turkey, Whole Birds (18-20 lbs)


  • 1

    Set the grill temperature to 300℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

  • 2

    In a small bowl, combine softened butter with minced garlic, thyme leaves, chopped rosemary, black pepper and kosher salt.

  • 3

    Prep the turkey by separating the skin from the breast creating a pocket to stuff the butter-herb mixture in. Cover the entire breast with 1/4" thickness of butter mixture.

  • 4

    Season the whole turkey with kosher salt and black pepper. Optional: Stuff turkey cavity with Traditional Stuffing recipe. When ready to cook, set the grill temperature to 300℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

  • 5

    Place turkey on the grill and smoke for 3-4 hours. Check the internal temperature, the desired temperature is 175℉ in the thigh next to the bone, and 160℉ in the breast. Turkey will continue to cook once taken off grill to reach a final temperature of 165℉ in the breast.

    300 ˚F / 149 ˚C

    160 ˚F / 71 ˚C

  • 6

    Let rest for 10-15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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