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Give your turkey the smoke it deserves

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With the sugar rush of Halloween out of your system, it is time to gear up for a mellow and wholesome holiday- Thanksgiving.  It is that one special holiday that friends and family gather together to express gratitude and to have some fun together. Maybe that fun is an impromptu game of football or sitting on the couch watching a game of football, or spending time volunteering serving meals to those less fortunate, we all end up indulging in a traditional meal. Many of the dishes we serve are recipes passes down through the generations. Memories of grandma’s kitchen counters and table piled high with food that would make its way out to the table, often cold. If only Grandma had a Traeger, there would have been another oven to cook the turkey, freeing up the kitchen to keep the other family favorites warm.  Today, using a Treager, you can cook a delicious turkey that will be family favorite for the generations to come


             Prep Time 20 MINUTES   Cook Time   4 HOURS     Pellets    APPLE

Give your turkey the smoke it deserves. This bird is brined in our signature citrus brine kit, rubbed down with Turkey Rub and smoked over none other than our Turkey Blend hardwood for flavor inside and out.

The day before, brine the turkey according to the Traeger Turkey Brine Kit package directions. Remove from brine, rinse and pat dry.


  • 1 (18-20 lb) turkey
  • 1 Traeger Orange Brine and Turkey Rub Kit INCLUDED IN THE Turkey Pellet bag
  • 1/2 Cup Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub
  • 1/2 Pound butter, softened

Season the inside cavity with 2 tablespoons Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub reserving the rest for the exterior.

Prepare the turkey by separating the skin from the breast creating a pocket to stuff the softened butter in. Cover the entire breast with 1/4 inch thickness of butter.

Season the exterior of the bird with remaining rub. Transfer to the fridge and let chill for at least 1 hour.

Remove from the fridge and truss the legs and tuck the wing tips back around the bird.

When ready to cook, set the Traeger to 225℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. 

Place the turkey in a roasting pan and place directly on the grill grate. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 100-110℉.

Increase the temperature on the grill to 350℉ and continue to cook until an instant read thermometer registers 160℉ when inserted in the thickest part of the breast (check every 30 minutes after grill temperature is increased), about 3 to 4 hours total cook time. Turkey will continue to cook once taken off grill to reach a final temperature of 165℉ in the breast.

Remove the bird from the grill and let rest for at least 30 minutes before carving. Enjoy

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