Smoked turkey cooked on pit boss wood pellet grill

Classic Smoked Turkey

Classic Smoked Turkey

Category Holiday Season Thanksgiving Poultry Smoke
Servings 8
Prep Time 20 hours
Cook Time 4 hours

We can't explain it, but it's just not Thanksgiving without turkey. Combining our easy-to-use Turkey Bucket Kit and the delicious, smoky flavor you get from your Pit Boss wood pellet grill, this recipe is the perfect way to get the ultimate centerpiece for your holiday feast. Here's your guide to getting the most tender, flavorful bird for your holiday feast.

Pit Boss Kitchen
Smoked turkey cooked on pit boss wood pellet grill


  • 1 14-18 lb. Turkey

Special Tools

  • Roasting Pan


  1. First, follow the directions included in the Pit Boss Turkey Bucket Brine Kit to make your brine.
  1. Then, carefully place your turkey into the brine, assuring it’s fully submerged in the solution, and refrigerate according to kit directions.
  1. Next, remove the turkey from the brine and dry thoroughly.
  1. Use the provided rub to season the outside of the turkey, making sure to completely cover the whole turkey.
  1. Once your turkey is seasoned, preheat your Pit Boss to 300°F.
  1. Next, set the turkey in a roasting pan and place it on the upper rack of your grill. Note: if there is no room for your turkey on the upper rack, reduce heat to 275°F, and place away from the heat source (to the left or to the right of the flame broiler).
  1. Place a temperature probe in the thickest part of the turkey breast, about an inch away from the breastbone, and allow the turkey to roast until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Note: rotate every 45 minutes to an hour to ensure even cooking and color.
  1. Finally, once your turkey reaches the correct internal temperature, remove the turkey from the grill and allow it to rest for a half an hour before carving.
  1. Serve with your favorite Thanksgiving sides, and enjoy!


Recipe Note

For more tips & tricks on how to use the Pit Boss Turkey Bucket Brine Kit, follow our online guide: