Smoked turkey is a certified crowd pleaser. It's a great centerpiece, it tastes great and best of all it's surprisingly easy to create.
With its luscious meaty flavour, enriched texture and when paired with a spicy seasoning, it is hard to resist.
This recipe is guaranteed to give you legendary status at your next family gathering!!
When smoking a turkey, an expensive grill with all the bells and whistles is not going to help you.
The best thing to do is get your hands on an electric smoker. Any electric smoker will do to nail our two favorite methods.
Note:Just make sure you pick a turkey craving knife, this will save your pride, bird and fingers!
Charlie's Hot Tip
Make sure you are in no rush, smoking a turkey in electric smoker takes time. Be well organised and wait out the whole process. Your end result will be well worth the wait.
Smoked Turkey Benefits
If you followed the recipe above by now you will agree that it is an amazing tasting recipe.
This smoked turkey recipe doesn’t only taste good it is actually full of nutrients for you!
Using an Electric Smoker
As you can tell by the recipe, smoking a turkey is not a fast process. Some people get too excited and put the turkey in their electric smoker too early. Wait until your smoker has had a chance to come to temperature and your wood chips and have a chance to start turning to ash.
You can tell when the turkey is ready to go in when the wood chips start producing a thin blue smoke. Make sure you thoroughly clean your drip pans before and after each cook, the last thing you want is a flare up!
Using A Proper Knife
Not having the correct tools is a recipe for disaster. Make sure you check out my guide on the best carving knife, to ensure you do justice to your delicious bird!
Pick The Right Smoke
Different meats absorb smoke differently. Turkey will absorb smoke faster than red meat so it’s very important that you use a very mild wood chip, this will stop the turkey from being overpowered by smoke.
Spatchcock The Turkey
Spatchcocking your turkey is a way to help the turkey absorb more smoke and cook more evenly. This is because once the turkey is spatchcocked it has more surface area and is more uniform. The bird will also cook much faster because it is flatter.
Spatchcocking is a fairly simple process, all you need to do is remove the spine of the bird so it can lay flat, this is great for those of you who have a smaller smoker or fridge space.
Soaking Wood Chips or Dry Wood Chips
There is great debate over what is better to smoke with wet wood chips or dry wood chips. In your electric smoker, you can use both. As a general rule of thumb use soaked wood chips if you are smoking low and slow.
If you are smoking low and slow be sure to soak your wood chips for at least 30 minutes. Soaked wood chips release a less intense smoke and burn far slower than dry wood chips. Whereas dry wood chips burn much faster with a more intense heat.
How Long To Smoke A Turkey
Like most meats, there is no set time you should smoke a turkey for. There are a few factors that come into play.
As a general rule of thumb, you want to cook the turkey for around 30 minutes per pound at 230°F.
Charlie's Hot Tip
The best woods for smoking in an electric smoker are cedar, alder, cherry, maple, plum, and hickory. Depending on what meat you are smoking of course.
This golden spicy turkey skin is definitely a worthy piece for any festive event, Saturday afternoon barbecues included.
Electric smokers are an easy and very tasty way to cook your turkey to perfection. All the hard work is done in the prep, and let's be real it's really too difficult.
Once the turkey has been brined simply plug it in, set the timer, and let it cook until beautiful and smoky.
Whats your favourite turkey rub?
Still Hungry For More?
You will more often than not find me tinkering around in my backyard. I will have one hand tightly gripped around a can of beer and the other hand tightly gripped around my spatula. Not so long ago (almost 8 years now) I got obsessed with Grilling, smoking and BBQ-ing. I can't get enough of it.. and neither can my family!
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