Basics Tips To Smoke Turkey

Most of us are used to smoke pork, beef, and fish, but turkey? Yes, you can smoke a turkey right at your own backyard.

Here’s a simple tip on how to smoke a turkey.


  • Choose a fresh turkey rather than those frozen ones.
  • Opt for the smaller ones, not more than 12 lbs. Smoking a smaller turkey will cook faster.
  • Make sure to clean the turkey inside and out. Remove all the inner parts, neck, and giblet. See to it that there are no feathers left on the skin. Scrub it with rock salt to remove other dirt and fats then rinse with cold running water.
  • Using a sauce pan, put water about one quart then add equal parts of salt and honey. Bring to medium heat and stir until the salt has totally dissolved. Put the mixture to a deep container, preferably big pots, and add cold water about six quarts. Also add thyme, vegetable stock, and whole peppercorns then stir. Add the cleaned turkey into the pot. Make sure it is completely submerged.
  • Place the pot inside your refrigerator and let the turkey brine for about 10 – 15 hours.
  • After 15 hours, remove the turkey from the brine and pat dry. If you want a crispier skin, then let it dry inside the refrigerator overnight.


  • Brush it with oil and let it stand until it reaches room temperature
  • If you want, you can stuff it with vegetable or anything that you want but do not over stuff it.
  • Make sure to use quality charcoal. You will need about ten pounds to smoke a turkey.
  • Place the turkey inside the smoker breast side first then turn after an hour.
  • Maintain 300 degrees heat and refrain from opening the cover of your griller/smoker.

Since we are smoking a small one, cooking will be a lot faster. When the skin turns golden brown, most likely it is already done. You can also use a thermometer (probe) to monitor the turkey’s temperature.

This is the simplest way to smoke a turkey. Now, you and your family can enjoy your very own home made smoked turkey. You can eat it with vegetables, bread, or rice or you can make your own deli smoked turkey sandwich. Healthy and delicious!