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Simple Smoked Whole Turkey

simple smoked whole turkey
Cooks in 2 to 3 hours
Serves 8






Ray Lampe, Dr. BBQ


  • 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


Turkey Prep:

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!