Bourbon Smoked Turkey

Prep Time:
45 minutes
Cook Time:
8 - 9 hours
8 servings


1(12 to 16 lb.)turkey,



3c.Kosher salt,


1bunch each:rosemary, sage and thyme,

1bulbgarlic, top sliced off,


3apples, halved,

3oranges, halved, cider,

3bags ice,

1large cooler,



*H-E-B Hickory Smoking Chunks,


1Brine Turkey: Heat water in stock pot over medium heat. Combine salt, sugar, herbs, garlic and peppercorns. Stir until salt and sugar are completely dissolved.

2Pour dissolved solution into cooler with cider, fruit and ice. Place turkey in the cooler breast side down. Make sure the turkey stays completely submerged, and the temperature stays below 40°F.

3Brine the turkey for at least 24 hours. Then remove from brine and pat dry. Rub turkey with oil and any additional seasons.

4Smoke Turkey: Prepare smoker by lighting wood and prepping coals. The ideal smoking temperature is between 220 and 240°F. While smoker is heating, place wood chips in bowl and soak in bourbon.

5Once wood has burned into coals and desired temperature has been reached, place the turkey on the smoker. You may want to place a pan under your bird to gather any drippings.

6The turkey will take on the most smoke flavor and color during the first few hours of smoking. This is when you should place your soaked chips onto the fire. The chips should be damp, but not dripping.

7Allow 35 to 40 minutes per pound of cook time. When necessary, feed your fire with additional wood. The temperature may rise once new wood has been added. Lifting the lid or opening the flue will help to drop temperature and keep it more consistent.

8Once your turkey has reached 165°F, remove it from the smoker. Let it rest for 15 to 30 minutes; then carve and serve as desired.

Nutritional Information

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