Smoked Whole Turkey

Ingredients:

One Whole Turkey (we used a 19 lb. turkey in this recipe), thawed

Butterball Buttery Creole Injection Marinade

Butterball Cajun Seasoning

Wood Chips for smoking (hickory, mesquite, apple or pecan)

Apple Juice

Water

Butter, Salt and Pepper (optional seasonings – see footnote)

Directions:

Option 1 (shorter cooking time) – Fill the smoker’s water pan 1/3 full with a 50/50 mixture of apple juice and water.  Preheat the smoker to 275 degrees.  Clean and dry the thawed turkey.  Inject the turkey with one jar of Butterball Buttery Creole marinade.  Season the outside and inside of the turkey with Butterball Cajun Seasoning, rubbing it into the skin.  (*See footnote for info about seasoning/marinade options.)  Add a small handful of woodchips (we used hickory) to your smoker.   Place the turkey center to high in the smoker and close the door.  Add a handful of wood chips every hour.  Smoke for 5.5 hours.  This total cooking time is for a 19 lb. whole turkey.  Based on the weight of your turkey, you will need to adjust the total cooking time.  Estimated time at 275 degrees is about 18 minutes per lb.  Make sure your internal temperature in the breast reaches 165 degrees. 

Option 2 (longer cooking time) – Fill the smoker’s water pan 1/3 full with a 50/50 mixture of apple juice and water.  Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees.  Clean and dry the thawed turkey.  Inject the turkey with one jar of Butterball Buttery Creole marinade.  Season the outside and inside of the turkey with Butterball Cajun Seasoning, rubbing it into the skin.  (*See footnote for info about seasoning/marinade options.)  Add a small handful of woodchips (we used hickory) to your smoker.   Place the turkey center to high in the smoker and close the door.  Add a handful of wood chips every hour; no more than 5 times during the entire cooking process.  Smoke for 9.5 hours.  This total cooking time is for a 19 lb. whole turkey.  Based on the weight of your turkey, you will need to adjust the total cooking time.  Estimated time at 225 degrees is about 30 minutes per lb.  Make sure your internal temperature in the breast reaches 165 degrees.

* Additional Seasoning/Marinade Options:  We highly recommend the Butterball Seasoning Kit with the Buttery Creole Marinade and Cajun Seasoning, but there are other options if you prefer a milder flavor.  You can inject the turkey with the marinade of your choice or chicken broth.  Season the outside and inside of the turkey with salt and pepper, rubbing it into the skin.  Place 8 to 10 pats of butter underneath the skin.  You can also tuck several bay leaves underneath the skin.