Garlic Smoked Turkey for Thanksgiving
This Garlic Smoked Turkey for Thanksgiving tastes and looks amazing! Smoking gives the turkey a deep golden brown color and the meat is moist and tender. Yum!
Servings Prep Time
8servings 20minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2hours 24hours
Servings Prep Time
8servings 20minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
2hours 24hours
  • 1 turkey10-12 pounds
  • 1bunch fresh sage
  • 1bunch fresh thyme leaves
  • 1bunch fresh rosemary
  • 4-5cloves garlicchopped
  • 1cup buttersoftened
  • 2tsp kosher salt
  • 1tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 lemonshalved
  1. Set up your grill for indirect grilling and nestle a drip pan in the middle of the charcoal to catch the turkey drippings. Light the charcoal and preheat the grill to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl mix the softened butter with 1/4 cup each of chopped sage, thyme, and rosemary, and garlic.
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper inside and outside of the turkey. Rub or brush half of the butter herb mixture over the entire turkey and loosen the skin over the breast so you can put some of the butter between the skin and breast. Place the rest of the fresh herbs and the lemon halves in the turkey cavity, and place the turkey on the grill. Cover with the grill lid or, if you don’t have a lid, cover the entire grill with heavy duty aluminum foil.
  4. Maintain the grill heat at 350 degrees (you may have to add additional charcoal) and plan to smoke the turkey for about 2 hours or 15-20 minutes per pound.
  5. About every 20 minutes or so, brush the turkey with the herb butter mixture. There are lots of variables when smoking a turkey, so use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. The turkey is done when an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast registers 165 degrees F, or the thigh registers 170-175 degrees F.
  6. When done, move the turkey to a platter, cover and let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes before carving and serving.
Recipe Notes
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Smoked Turkey for Thanksgiving
Amount Per Serving
Calories 312 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 166mg 55%
Sodium 210mg 9%
Potassium 750mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%
Sugars 0.2g
Protein 55g 110%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 4%
Iron 21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.