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Traditional Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cook Time

4 Hours

Effort

Pellets

Cherry

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

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

8

Units of Measurement:

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  • 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 (12 lb) whole turkey

Steps

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  • 1

    Set the grill temperature to 300°F 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.

    Ingredients

    • 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

  • 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.

    Ingredients

    • 20 Pound (12 lb) whole turkey

  • 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°F 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°F in the thigh next to the bone, and 160°F in the breast. Turkey will continue to cook once taken off grill to reach a final temperature of 165°F in the breast.

    Grill300 ˚F

    Probe160 ˚F

  • 6

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

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