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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Smoked Turkey Recipe


* 1 (12 pound) whole turkey
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
* 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
* 2 tablespoons celery salt
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
* 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 1 (12 ounce) jar honey
* 1/2 pound hickory wood chips


1. Preheat grill for high heat. If you are using a charcoal grill, use about twice the normal amount of charcoal. Soak wood chips in a pan of water and set next to the grill.

2. Remove neck and giblets from turkey. Rinse the bird and pat dry. Place in a large disposable roasting pan.

3. In a medium bowl mix together sage, ground black pepper, celery salt, basil and vegetable oil. Pour mixture evenly over the turkey. Turn the turkey breast side down in the pan, and tent loosely with aluminum foil.

4. Place the roasting pan on the preheated grill. Throw a handful of the wood chips onto the coals. Close the lid, and cook for 1 hour.

5. Throw about 2 more handfuls of soaked wood chips on the fire. Drizzle 1/2 the honey over the bird, and replace the foil. Close the lid of the grill and continue cooking 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C) in the thickest part of the thigh.

6. Uncover turkey and carefully turn it breast side up in the roasting pan. Baste with remaining honey. Leave the turkey uncovered and cook 15 minutes. The cooked honey will be very dark.

12 lb. turkey Yield: about 16 servings

Prep Time:
30 Minutes

Cook Time:
3 Hours 15 Minutes

Ready In:
3 Hours 45 Minutes