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Quick Smoked Turkey Recipe

Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 3 hours
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 8 people


  • 1 12lb Whole Turkey


  • 1.5 gallons Water
  • 1.5 cups Kosher Salt
  • 0.75 cups Brown Sugar


  • 2 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Granules
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Table Salt
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce (optional)


  1. Rinse turkey, remove giblets and neck from body cavity.

  2. Place the turkey with the brine mixture into a large container and let rest for 8 hours in the fridge. You may have to adapt the amount of brine mixture you use to fit your container.

  3. Pre heat your smoker to around 350°F

  4. Rinse off brine and dry turkey then apply your own or the above dry rub on the inside and outside of the bird. 

  5. Cook for around 2.5 - 3 hours or until the internal temperature of the breast is around 165°F.

  6. Take the turkey off the smoke and let rest for around 10 - 15 minutes before carving.