You Should Smoke a Turkey for Easter.

It’s Good Friday and Easter Weekend. You know what that means? It’s about time for you to sit outside all night and day watching a smoker and tending a fire. Going to have ham for Easter dinner? Come on. Smoke a turkey. Wow your family. Introduce some BBQ flavor into the tradition.

Hans Scharler Sipping Coffee and Tending a Smoker

Smoking a turkey is pretty straightforward. I recommend that you get a small turkey and give it a try. If anything, you might learn something and you might just make something that everyone loves.

Smoked Turkey

Turkey Smoking Notes

  • Start small – 11-14lbs is a good-sized turkey
  • Buy two turkeys and cook one ahead of time. This will be your ace in the hole. Or, it will be your no-pressure backup turkey.
  • Brine the turkey for at least 24 hours–this will introduce some flavor and get the turkey ready for smoke.
  • Apply a rub with salt, pepper, and herbs (see my secret brisket rub for inspiration). Turkey doesn’t taste like much itself, so feel free to kick up the flavor with some herbs.
  • Cover the tips of the wings and legs with foil. This will stop them from burning.
  • Smoke at a higher temperature, around 335F for a couple of hours
  • Add some cubed butter to the turkey and put it back into the smoker until the bird reaches 165F in the breast and thighs.
  • Use your oven after the initial smoke if you can’t keep a steady smoker temperature on a cold day.
BBQ Smoked Turkey

My Secret Texas Brisket Rub Recipe

Add all of the ingredients to a container, seal it, and shake it to mix thoroughly.

Texas Brisket Rub Recipe for Turkey

I also recommend that you watch some YouTube videos and absorb some of the processes and techniques. I suggest starting with Arron Franklin’s BBQ with Franklin series on Thanksgiving. (Really for any holiday.)

BBQ with Franklin: Thanksgiving part 1
BBQ with Franklin: Thanksgiving part 2
BBQ with Franklin: Thanksgiving part 3

Let me know how it goes for you!

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