• Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey
 
  • Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey
 

TraditionalThanksgiving Turkey

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5.010Traditional Thanksgiving Turkey
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  • Difficulty3/5
  • Prep time15 mins
  • Cook time3 hrs
  • Serves8 - 12
  • HardwoodCherry

The best Thanksgiving turkey recipe calls for simple spices & primal wood-fired flavor. Traeger is your recipe for success.

Ingredients

  • 1 (18-20lb) turkey
  • 1/2 lb butter, softened
  • 8 sprigs thyme
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sprig rosemary, rough chop
  • 1 tbsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 (18-20lb) turkey
  • 1/2 lb butter, softened
  • 8 sprigs thyme
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 sprig rosemary, rough chop
  • 1 tbsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp kosher salt

Preparation

Start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 300 degrees F and preheat, lid closed, for 5 to 10 minutes. 

In a small bowl, combine butter with minced garlic, thyme leaves, chopped rosemary, black pepper and kosher salt.

Prep the turkey by separating the skin from the breast creating a pocket to stuff the butter-herb mixture in. Cover the entire breast with 1/4" thickness of butter mixture.

Season the whole turkey with kosher salt and black pepper. Optional: Stuff turkey cavity with Traditional Stuffing recipe.

Place turkey on the grill and smoke for 3-4 hours. Check the internal temperature, the desired temperature is 175 degrees F in the thigh next to the bone, and 160 degrees F in the breast. Turkey will continue to cook once taken off grill to reach a final temperature of 165 degrees F in the breast.

Let rest for 10-15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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  • Difficulty3/5
  • Prep time15 mins
  • Cook time3 hrs
  • Serves8 - 12
  • HardwoodCherry