Joe Kindred of Kindred in Davidson, North Carolina, shares his foolproof method for smoking a whole turkey: perfect for the holiday season or feeding a large crowd. This smoked turkey harbors rich, smoky flavor but, also contains ample amounts of the Kindred Family Thanksgiving Stuffing, adding earthy, herby notes that mingle as the turkey smokes. Note: The smoked turkey can be prepared up to one day ahead.
1 (10-pound) turkey
Special equipment: butcher’s twine
- The night before cooking, pat turkey dry and season both the outside and inside with salt and pepper. Place seasoned turkey in the refrigerator overnight.
- The day you’re cooking, preheat smoker to 325 degrees.
- Prepare the Kindred Family Thanksgiving Stuffing according to the recipe. Stuff both cavities of the turkey with the prepared stuffing. Secure the turkey legs by tying them together using butcher’s twine.
- Place turkey in smoker and smoke at 325 degrees for approximately 3½ hours or until the internal temperature of the thickest part reaches 168 degrees on a meat thermometer.
- Once turkey reaches the desired temperature, carefully remove it from smoker.
- Allow smoked turkey to rest for a couple of hours to cool down. This step is essential for juices to redistribute and flavors to settle.
Recipe ByJoe Kindred of Kindred in Davidson, North Carolina