Simple Smoked Whole Turkey
- 12 lb whole turkey
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 1/4 of a lemon
- 1/4 of an apple
- Handful of fresh rosemary and thyme
Prepare the grill or smoker to cook at 325°F with apple or cherry wood added for smoke flavor.
Rub the whole turkey with a light coating of oil. Season with salt and pepper, including inside the cavity.
Tuck the wing tips underneath.
Place the apple, lemon and herbs in the cavity.
Smoking the Turkey:
Place the turkey on the cooking grate. Cook until the whole turkey is golden brown and cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F when checked in the wing, thigh and deep in the breast.
This will take from 2 to 3 hours depending on your smoker.
Remove from the smoker and let rest for 15 minutes. Slice and serve.
Dr. BBQ’s Pro Tip:
Looking for a tender, delicious turkey? Keep it simple. To add a little more of your favorite flavors, sub in your go-to savory barbecue rub.
For more on Dr. BBQ’s Simple Smoked Whole Turkey, watch his step-by-step video below!