Looking to smoke a turkey this year but not sure where to start? Not to worry we have found the 10 BEST smoked turkey recipes for you to choose from.
Some of these recipes are for smoking a whole turkey and some are for smoking wings, drumsticks, or legs. Whatever you're looking for, we have the best recipes for smoked turkey.
For years my family would cook our Turkey in the oven, which tastes great but takes up a lot of valuable oven space that could be used for baking side dishes (and PIE!!). A couple of years ago we switched to this whole smoked turkey recipe on our Traeger pellet grill and everyone LOVED it, and the best part is it freed up their space in our oven!
Whether you're entertaining the whole family or cooking for just you, we've collected the absolute BEST smoked turkey recipes to get you through the fall!
Love turkey, but are not ready to try smoking it just yet? No problem, we have some super easy and delicious turkey recipes you can try without the smoker! Check out our roast half turkey breast recipe, and our turkey wings and turkey legs in air fryer!
Best Recipes For Smoked Turkey
This is the absolute BEST smoked turkey breast recipe! If you're only feeding your household or even a couple of guests, this is the perfect smoked turkey recipe for you. We love that it is a no-brine recipe, that is still packed with flavor. Rub the turkey breast with your favorite turkey rub, or use our homemade recipe, slow smoke for one hour, then crank the heat and continue smoking for another hour and forty minutes. It's a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
2. Smoked Whole Turkey- coming soon!HTML
This recipe is our family's FAVORITE for a large Thanksgiving gathering. Smoking the bird gives it an amazing flavor and our simple recipe couldn't be easier to follow. If you love using a pellet grill, and keeping your oven open for cooking other Thanksgiving sides and desserts (or for keeping them warm!) then this is the recipe for you!
If you're smoking a turkey on a pellet grill like a Traeger, one of the great things is that you can use flavored pellets to enhance the flavors in your recipe. This smoked whole turkey recipe uses applewood pellets in conjunction with apple slices to give the turkey that incredible applewood flavor. If you're looking to switch up your smoked turkey this year, this may be the recipe for you!
Flavors of bourbon, citrus, herbs, and butter make this one of the most scrumptious smoked turkey recipes. Brining the turkey helps to lock in moisture while smoking. This recipe has over 1,000,000 views for a reason! Give it a try and see for yourself.
This smoked turkey with maple BBQ rub recipe is perfect to change up the flavor pallet at your thanksgiving dinner, (or as a replacement for chicken any time of year!) This recipe uses a spatchcock method that helps give you a crispy exterior with a moist and juicy center. You can use any pellet smoker for this recipe and butchering/spatchcocking the bird seriously cuts back your cook time!
Another incredible spatchcock method for smoking turkey. The benefit of this method is that it cooks the turkey more evenly than cooking the turkey whole so that you don't risk ending up with some dry and some moist parts. This recipe tastes delicious, is fast, and is so easy! Keep the flavor classic and let the turkey flavor really come through.
Is it getting hot in here? No? It's just this amazing cajun-smoked turkey! Make it as mild or as spicy as you'd like using their homemade blackened seasoning as a rub. This recipe uses a special brine, the cajun rub, and of course a pellet grill smoking method for a delicious end result. The blackened seasoning makes this turkey an especially great option for getting creative with leftovers.
Smoked Turkey Legs are a CLASSIC. My famaily loved the nostalgic surprise of smoked turkey legs when we made this recipe. This writer used a charcoal grill smoker, but any pellet grill will do the trick! YUM!
Pecan pellets make this tasty apple pecan smoked turkey recipes so unique! Use a drip pan with liquid to help steam your smoking turkey and lock in the moisture. We LOVE this recipe becasue it brings a flavor pallet you often see with Thanksgiving, but not necessarily on the turkey! It really is unique and delicious.
Skip the park (and even the pellet grill) with this smokey oven-roasted turkey legs Disneyland copycat recipe! It's super yummy, really easy and a perfect smoked turkey fix when you don't have time to smoke the whole bird (or visit a park!)
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