1 Turkey Brining Kits
12 – 14 LBS Turkey
1 Gallon Water, Cold
4 Cups + 1 Gallon Water, Warm
One of the reasons many people decide to buy a smoker is they want to try smoked turkey for Thanksgiving. The natural wood flavor from a pellet smoker can really surprise guests who are used to the traditional oven cooked turkey that they’ve had year over year. This recipe covers the whole process and will teach you how to brine and smoke a Thanksgiving Turkey on the pellet grill so you can have a memorable holiday and leave your guests with smiles on their faces and full bellies.
Brining a turkey is simple. We recommend buying a brining kit to make the process even easier. A good brining kit will come with a bag to put everything in, a brining mixture, and seasoning for the turkey. To brine the turkey, start by making the brine. Add the brining mixture and 4 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Careful add this to 1 gallon of cold water and place into the bag with the turkey. Close the bag and refrigerate for 1 hour per pound of turkey.
After the Turkey has been brined, be sure to rinse the Turkey with cool water. Pat the turkey dry and use the seasoning that came with the brining kit to coat the outside skin. Place the Turkey directly on the pellet grill and smoke at 250°F to 275°F until the breast and thigh meat reaches 165°F to 170°F internal temperature.
Note: It is recommended to use Apple Hardwood Pellets with this recipe.
Was there no seasoning in the brining kit? Try 1 - 2 tablespoons of our Champion Chicken Seasoning instead.