Smoked Turkey

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Dec. 11, 2012

An easy recipe for smoked turkey. This video explains step by step how to brine the turkey, smoking temperatures and a great maple syrup bourbon glaze.


For brine
Vegetable stock 4 Quart
White sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Kosher salt 1 Cup (16 tbs) , coarsely ground
Pickling spice 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
Other ingredients
Turkey 14 Pound
Ice water 1 Gallon
Fresh thyme 10 Gram
Fresh rosemary 10 Gram
Sage 10 Gram
Onion 1 Small , quartered
Celery 1
Grape seed oil 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) (substitute with butter or vegetable oil if desired)
Sea salt To Taste
Ground black pepper To Taste
For glaze
Maple syrup 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Bourbon 1 Cup (16 tbs)



1. For brine, in a large pot add stock, white sugar, salt, and pickling spice.

2. Place the pot on flame, stir and bring it to a boil. Remove the pot from heat and allow it to cool.

3. Pour ice water into the pot. Mix well.

4. In a large ziplock bag, put turkey and pour brine in it. Pop it in refrigerator and let turkey soak in brine for 8-10 hours.

5. Remove turkey from brine. Rinse and pat it dry.

6. Fill the cavity with thyme, rosemary, sage, onion, and celery.

7. Preheat Weber to 250 degree F. Place a roasting tray below for drippings.


8. Place turkey on grill, cover and cook for 2 hours.

9. Apply grape seed oil on turkey. Season it with salt, and pepper.

10. Turn the heat to 375 degree F and cook for 2 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degree.

11. For glaze, in a saucepan combine maple syrup, and bourbon. Place the pan on heat and reduce it by half.

12. In the last 10-15 minutes of cooking baste turkey with glaze.

13. Remove turkey from heat and let it rest for 20 minutes before carving.


14. Carve turkey and serve it with a complementing gravy.


If you soak turkey in brine for longer then there is a chance that your meat will become mushy after being cooked.

You can also put turkey in ice-pack if you do not have space in refrigerator.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 320 Minutes
Ready In: 320 Minutes
Servings: 28

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 426Calories from Fat 187

 % Daily Value*

Total Fat 21 g32.3%

Saturated Fat 5 g25%

Trans Fat 0 g


Sodium 453 mg18.88%

Total Carbohydrates 10 g3.3%

Dietary Fiber 1 g4%

Sugars 7 g

Protein 46 g92%

Vitamin A % Vitamin C %

Calcium % Iron %

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet