People often assume that smoked turkey brings a warm and fabulous feeling like the way they have to prepare together and make it. Many different recipes, but grilled on firewood is the most chosen way because of the flavor it brings.
The highlight of the meal on these festive days is a crisp, tasty, perfectly brown roast turkey at the center of the table. When everyone is looking forward to trying a bite of this dish, let me show you how to smoke a turkey in a wood pellet grill.
How to Smoke a Turkey
Step-by-step guide you need to read it carefully
In this instruction, I will divide into 2 parts: Prepping the turkey and Smoking the turkey.
Part I: Prepping the turkey
1. Wash the turkey
Clean the turkey inside out by water. Make sure that it doesn’t have any organs left in the cavity. Dry it by air or padding.
2. Brine the turkey
A combination of salt, sugar, and herbs called a brine that are going to add moisture to a turkey during through the cooking procedure. Before smoking, you will need to steep your turkey for 24 hours.
3. Dry the turkey after bringing
After 24 hours, remove the turkey from the brine and dry inside out with tower or let it air dry.
4. Marinate the turkey
You will marinate the turkey skin to make it bolder
Part II: Smoking the turkey
1. Set up the smoker grill rack.
To keep the turkey from sticking, you should line the rungs of the rack by foil or apply oil in it.
2. Strike a light in your smoker
Because you need to wait about 45 minutes to reach the ideal temperature for smoking turkey (between 2200F and 2400F), you should take note to do this before smoke your turkey.
3. Add wood
Add wood chips to a large bowl filled with bourbon to soaking them. Once you've lit the smoker and it is prepared for cooking, put your soaked wood chips in the smoker.Note: You can able to choose what kind of soaking liquid suitable for each wood. Like you're using Apple wood chips, you can try apple cider or even water.
4. Lay the turkey on the smoker
Once the wood has turned into the coal's color and the smoker got the wished temperature, lay the turkey in the smoker! Under your turkey, you should put a pan to gather any drippings.
Note: To avoid burning the turkey too much, you should lay the turkey far away the direct heat, it should be on the side of the smoker.
5. Check the time and preserve the heat of smoker
The smoke color and flavor of your turkey will be seen only after a few hours of smoking. Notice the smoker each hour to keep the temperature and smoker around 230oC. In this process, you may add some more water or wood chips to preserve the constant temperature.
Note: If the temperature dips higher or lower, it’s not a huge deal. But make sure it doesn’t stay that way too long.
6. Calculate the cooking time.
Normally, the smoker will smoke at least 35 minutes each pound. The cooking time will be changing based on temperature outside and your smoker.
7. Take out the turkey
When the inner temperature reaches 1650F (740C) for doneness, bring it out the smoker. Keep it rest at least 20 minutes before cutting because it helps the juice resolve in the turkey, maintain the moisture taste when you carve it.
Your turkey has been completed. Put on the disk and enjoy your turkey with the additional dish like cranberry sauce, candied yams, green beans, mashed potatoes, etc...
Important Tips for Smoking the Turkey
So you've got an effective receipt for this Thanksgiving season, your family will be grateful if you favor them with a delicious smoked turkey. The steps above can be changed or modified to suit your taste and purpose.
I hope this instruction is helping you determine how to smoke a turkey in a wood pellet grill. If you have any question, please let us know by leaving your comment in the box below. Thank you for reading and have a good day!