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smoked turkey sitting on weber grill with igrill thermometer in breast

How to Make Smoked Turkey

All the steps you need (PLUS HOW-TO VIDEO) to make smoked turkey, including what size turkey to buy, when to defrost, an apple cider sea salt rub, smoke temps and cook time.
4.47 from 49 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 10


  • 12 lb turkey

Apple Cider Sea Salt Rub

  • 1 tbsp raw sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp herbes de Provence
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup apple cider


  • Remove the neck and giblets from the turkey and pat dry.
  • Combine the rub ingredients. Pour over the turkey and rub inside and out.
  • Place your thermometer probe into the breast of the turkey.
  • Heat the grill to 300-350F degrees, setting up an indirect heat area that the turkey will smoke over. Add the turkey to the grill and cover with the lid.
  • Set the thermometer alarm to 165F degrees.
  • After 1 hour, spritz with apple cider. Continue cooking until the iPhone app tells you it's done and your bird reaches an internal temperature of 165F degrees.
  • Remove from the grill and let rest for 45-60 minutes before slicing.



If you cook a larger turkey, add a little more time. If you cook a smaller bird, reduce your cook time. The trusty thermometer will tell you when it's done, no matter the size.


Calories: 595kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 83gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 290mgSodium: 881mgPotassium: 875mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 405IUCalcium: 44mgIron: 3.4mg
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