Attention turkey technicians: If you’ve tried roasting turkey on a spit, frying a turkey in a vat of oil, or cooking the turkey in the ground, it’s high time to recreate the primal flavor of the original Thanksgiving feast. A wood-fired bird will always taste delicious, so select which method fits your flavor palate and lifestyle, then get Traegering.
Thanksgiving Turkey Tip: Remember to thaw the turkey before the big feast. Start preparing the turkey 2 to 4 days before Thanksgiving.
Cajun BBQ Thanksgiving Turkey Tips:
1. For a moist and spicy turkey, inject the bird throughout using the entire jar of butter.
2. Make turkey savory, rub every inch of the gobbler with Big Game Rub.
3. Add more flavor, insert a cinnamon stick, chopped onion, and red apple inside the bird prior to cooking.
4. Cook at 375 degrees F for 3-4 hours. When turkey reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F, it's done! The turkey will continue to cook after you take it off the grill to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
5. When the turkey turns brown, cover it loosely with foil to prevent burning.
6. Test the turkey thigh’s internal temperature, 170 degrees F is done!
Thanksgiving Spatchcock Turkey Tips:
1. To help turkey cook evenly, use shears or a knife to spatchcock the turkey. Cut out the backbone of the bird and open it up flat.
2. Brining tenderizes poultry and infuses moisture and flavor. Create a brine bath using our Traeger Orange Brine Kit, butter, orange-flavored Bourbon or Bourbon and halved oranges.
3. Brine turkey for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
4. Rub the entire turkey with our robust Traeger Turkey Rub seasoning blend specifically created for turkey.
5. Traeger Turkey Pellet Blend was also created for cooking Thanksgiving turkey. It gives off an oak, maple, hickory, & rosemary smoke that adds a delicious woodsy flavor.
6. Cook at 375 degrees F for 3-4 hours. When turkey reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F, it's done!
Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey Tips:
1. Create a compound butter by mixing butter, fresh thyme, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper.
2. Slice pockets in the turkey between the skin and turkey breast, insert the compound herb butter in the pockets. It will penetrate the meat and give it great flavor. Coat the whole turkey with 1/4” thick layer of the butter mixture. Salt and pepper the exterior.
3. Use sweet smoke to add a layer of flavor to turkey. Try mixing cherry, pecan, or apple hardwood pellets.
4. Midway through cooking, insulate legs and wings by wrapping them in foil so they don’t burn.
5. Cook at 375 degrees F for 3-4 hours. When turkey reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F, it's done! The turkey will continue to cook after you pull it off the grill to reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Let turkey rest for 15-20 minutes before cutting into it. Get full recipe here.
Pick up everything you need for Thanksgiving dinner, including pellets, turkey rub, brining kits, a meat injector, spices, and BBQ sauce at your local Traeger dealer. Check out our Thanksgiving page for recipes, videos, tips and more guides.