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Traeger Smoked Turkey

Traeger Smoked Turkey
by: Luis Martinez

prep time
PREP TIME

15 min

Cook time
COOK TIME

4 Hrs

>Feeds
FEEDS

8

Difficulty
DIFFICULTY

Easy

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1/2 Pound Butter
6 Cloves Garlic, minced
8 Sprigs Fresh Thyme
1 Sprig Fresh Rosemary
1 Tbsp. Cracked Black Pepper
1/2 Tbsp. Kosher Salt
1 (12 lb) Whole Turkey

Steps

Originally Posted By: Traeger Kitchen

With a crispy outside and a juicy inside, the Traeger smoked turkey calls for simple spices and primal wood-fired flavor. Garlic, butter, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper combine to create an herbal rub to maximize flavor while you smoke the meat for 3-4 hours. Make sure to get an early start to begin smoking your Thanksgiving Turkey.


DIRECTIONS


  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.
  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°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. Traeger smoked turkey will continue to cook once taken off grill to reach a final temperature of 165°F in the breast.
  6. Let rest for 10-15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
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