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It doesn’t need to be Thanksgiving to take on smoking a whole turkey – but it is a showstopper for the holidays. Spiceologist and Chef Tony Reed shows you the ropes on the brining and smoking process – and the star of the show? Spiceology’s Turkey Rub with Salt, Herbs and Spices, Garlic, Onion, Brown Sugar, and Sunflower Oil.
In our High/Low Recipe Series we’re showing you a low effort no-recipe recipe (aka you just shake that stuff in) and a high effort recipe (for you foodie overachievers and chefs – you know who you are).
Whole Smoked Turkey
- Prep Time: 12 hours
- Cook Time: 4 hours
- Total Time: 16 hours
- Yield: 6--10 servings 1x
- 4 quarts water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup salt
- 6 ounces Turkey Rub
- 12--14 pound turkey, whole
- 4 cups ice
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup Turkey Rub
- In a sauce pot, mix the water sugar and salt until the salt and sugar dissolve. Bring to a boil and turn off heat. Immediately add ice to brine.
- Once the ice melt, drop the turkey into the brine and place in refrigerator for 12-24 hours.
- After brining, take out the turkey and pat dry.
- Take your butter and rub the turkey under its skin. Rub as evenly as possible until turkey skin.
- Rub the Spiceology Turkey Rub over the turkey evenly and place into smoker breast side up at 225 degrees for 2.5 hours.
- Crank up the heat to 350 degrees until breast temp is about 156-158 degrees, internal.
- Pull from smoker and allow it to rest for about 30 minutes.