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How to Smoke a Turkey

Learn how to smoke a turkey with these tips from Weber and Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to gather with friends and family to celebrate everything you’re thankful for – and of course eat lots of great food. No Thanksgiving meal would be complete without a turkey. There are plenty of ways to prepare the pinnacle turkey. You can roast it, fry it…or even smoke it. A smoker can help lock in flavor in a way that a fryer or roaster oven can’t. If you’re thinking about smoking your turkey this year, get started with these tips from Weber experts.

1. Take Advantage of the Smoker Dome

How to Smoke a Turkey
There are plenty of ways to prepare a Thanksgiving turkey. You can roast it, fry it…or even smoke it. A smoker can help lock in flavor in a way that a fryer or roaster oven can’t. If you’re thinking about smoking your turkey this year, get started with these tips from Weber experts.

The Weber smoker has a higher-sized dome lid than a traditional kettle grill, so you can fit a larger bird on the grate. Use Weber’s turkey clearance height guide to make sure your turkey will fit in the smoker:

Smoker size     Upper cooking grate     Lower cooking grate
14.5″ 7.5″   5.5″
18.5″ 9.25″   7″
22.5″ 10.75″   8″

 

With these measurements, you’ll have enough clearance to help with circulation and consistently smoke your turkey.

2. Get Consistent Temperature & Heat

Using a smoker gives you a more consistent temperature because you aren’t opening the lid every hour to add briquettes and check on the bird. Weber experts suggest using about 3/4 of a chimney full of briquettes in a smoker for 4 – 6 hours of cook time. In comparison, a standard kettle grill would need about 50 briquettes to start, and an additional 18 briquettes every hour on the hour to keep a consistent temperature.

Both the distance that the turkey is from the fire and the humidity from the water pan contribute to keeping the temperatures low which allows for the convection heat to cook your turkey. Low convection heat create a more moist turkey due to the fact that the heat is not too intense so it does not push out flavor from the bird.

3. Use Smoker Capacity Wisely

According to Weber experts, capacity is key. There’s enough room to do two things at once on the smoker because of its size. You should put the turkey on the bottom rack – this way it doesn’t contaminate any of the other food you’re making in the smoker. That being said you can definitely do two turkeys on the smoker.

For turkey preparation and more tips, watch the video below from Weber:

This blog post was originally posted by Kevin Kolman on Weber.com.

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