BBQ Lounge – Discover how to prepare the most delicious smoked turkey


Unlike beef and pork, turkey is a mild meat that doesn’t require extreme level of temperature to smoke. When done properly, it’s probably the most delicious smoked meat. There are different methods of preparing turkey, but each method follows similar process, whether in an electric smoker or in a charcoal smoker. The following electric smoker recipe is very easy to follow, and it produces super flavorful taste when done.

These ingredients will add more flavor to the prepared turkey

1 ½ lb of whole turkey

Ingredients for dry brine

  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • ½ tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup kosher salt

Ingredients for the rub

  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp sage
  • ½ tsp fresh rosemary
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ cup melted butter


  • Take a medium size bowl and mix the orange zest, black pepper, brown sugar, and kosher salt. Coat the mixture on the turkey, making sure every area if properly covered. Refrigerate the turkey for 10-20 hours. Then rinse the rub and dry the turkey.
  • Combine salt, lemon juice, and melted butter in a small bowl. Coat the turkey with the mixture, this time, concentrating under the skin at the breast section. Your turkey is now ready for the smoker.
  • Heat your Masterbuilt smoker to a heat level of 2500F – 2750 Smoke until the meat temperature reaches about 1650F.
  • Generally, the smoking time will depend on the outdoor temperature, the type of charcoal or electric smoker, and the size of the turkey.

If you are using one of the best electric smokers, it will be easier for you to control the temperature. In addition, you still need to get a meat probe for checking the doneness of the meat if you don’t have one.