Super Easy Smoked Turkey


  • 1 (12 pound) whole turkey, thawed if frozen, neck and giblets removed
  • 3/4 cup kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted


Place turkey in a roasting pan. Rub salt all over and inside turkey. Let sit for 1 hour.

Preheat smoker to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). If your smoker is equipped with a water pan, fill it.

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Rinse salt off turkey and pat dry with paper towels. Return to roasting pan and baste with melted better. Cover with aluminum foil and place in smoker.

Cook for about 3 hours; remove aluminum foil. Continue to cook, uncovered, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the turkey thigh reads 165 degrees F (74 degrees C), 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

Remove turkey from the smoker and tent with aluminum foil. Let it rest in a warm area before slicing, 45 to 60 minutes.