Thanksgiving Smoked Turkey

Cook Time

300 Mins

Cooking Method






Prep Time

1500 Mins


6 - 8


1 Turkey Brining Kits

12 – 14 LBS Turkey

1 Gallon Water, Cold

4 Cups + 1 Gallon Water, Warm

Cooking Instructions

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.

How to Brine a Turkey

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.

Be sure to check out our latest guide on how to brine a turkey for smoking!

How to Smoke a Turkey on a Pellet Grill

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.

  1. Start by defrosting the turkey overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Once turkey has been defrosted begin to make the brine by adding 4 cups of water and the brine mixture to a large stockpot.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil and add 1 gallon of cold water.
  4. Place the turkey in the brine bag and pour the brine mixture over the turkey and refrigerate 1 hour per pound.
  5. Once turkey has been brined rinse the turkey with cold water and set on a pan.
  6. Using the seasoning in the brine box, season the turkey. Once turkey has been seasoned start your Pit Boss smoker by turning it to 275 degrees.
  7. Place your turkey in the smoker and place the temperature probe in the deepest part of the breast. Cook at 275 until the breast and thigh meat internal temperature has reached 165°F to 170°F.
  8. Remove the turkey from the smoker, let cool, and cut the turkey into your desired pieces. Enjoy!

Special Tools

  • Roasting Pan

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Was there no seasoning in the brining kit? Try 1 - 2 tablespoons of our Champion Chicken Seasoning instead.

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