BBQ Bob’s Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey

Category: Recipes


Smoked Turkey

You don’t need to wait until Thanksgiving to enjoy traditional smoked turkey. Now’s your chance to experiment with wood chips. For this dish, try fruity flavors, like apple, pecan, hickory, mesquite or cherry. That, plus a simple, homemade brine recipe to make your bird mouth-wateringly moist.

BBQ Bob’s Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey

Time to Prepare

1 hour

Estimated Cook Time

5 hours


10 people


  • 14-16 lb turkey
  • BBQ Bob’s Alpha BBQ Rub
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Fresh thyme
  • 2 sticks salted butter
  • Garlic paste


  1. Set smoker to 300 degrees
  2. Make your BBQ butter by melting two sticks of salted butter in a pan and adding two tsp. of BBQ Bob’s Alpha BBQ Rub and 1 tsp. of garlic paste
  3. Place two small chunks or one handful of smoke wood chips into the coals once you reach 300F
  4. 15 minutes later place turkey in a throw away aluminum roasting pan, breast side up and lightly brush with olive oil. Season the bird with Alpha BBQ Rub
  5. Cook the turkey in the pan for approx 3-5 hours or until the breast temp reaches 160-165 and the leg/thigh portion reaches 185F
  6. Pour off your drippings to make a gravy for the turkey. Also serve some warm BBQ Bob’s Hav'N a BBQ Sauce on the side to give your guests a choice
  7. Let it rest 15-20 minutes before carving