Smoked or Roasted? 2 Turkey Recipes for the Best Turkey Ever

Turkey is a Thanksgiving classic. There are so many ways to cook it, that you can’t go wrong! If you’re on the hunt for the perfect recipe, check these out!

Turkey in a Smoker

1 (10 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

4 cloves garlic, crushed

2 tablespoons seasoned salt

½ cup butter  

2 (12 fluid ounce) cans cola-flavored carbonated beverage

1 apple, quartered

1 onion, quartered

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon ground black pepper

Step 1

Preheat smoker to 225 to 250 degrees F (110 to 120 degrees C).

 Step 2

Rinse turkey under cold water, and pat dry. Rub the crushed garlic over the outside of the bird, and sprinkle with seasoned salt. Place in a disposable roasting pan. Fill turkey cavity with butter, cola, apple, onion, garlic powder, salt, and ground black pepper. Cover loosely with foil.

 Step 3

Smoke at 225 to 250 degrees F (110 to 120 degrees C) for 10 hours, or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C) when measured in the thickest part of the thigh. Baste the bird every 1 to 2 hours with the juices from the bottom of the roasting pan.

This delicious recipe comes from It’s important to make sure the turkey is completely defrosted, so it cooks evenly and in the specified time.

Perfect Roast Turkey

1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter

1 lemon, zested and juiced

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

1 fresh turkey (10 to 12 pounds)

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 large bunch fresh thyme

1 whole lemon, halved

1 Spanish onion, quartered

1 head garlic, halved crosswise

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2

Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the zest and juice of the lemon and 1 teaspoon of thyme leaves to the butter mixture. Set aside.

Step 3

Take the giblets out of the turkey and wash the turkey inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers and pat the outside dry. Place the turkey in a large roasting pan. Liberally salt and pepper the inside of the turkey cavity. Stuff the cavity with the bunch of thyme, halved lemon, quartered onion, and the garlic. Brush the outside of the turkey with the butter mixture and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Tie the legs together with string and tuck the wing tips under the body of the turkey.

Step 4

Roast the turkey about 2 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Remove the turkey to a cutting board and cover with aluminum foil; let rest for 20 minutes.

Step 5

Slice the turkey and serve.

Whether you like a smoked or roasted turkey, these recipes are guaranteed to be a hit! This roasted turkey is compliments of

We hope you have an excellent holiday with your families and remember to be grateful, even in this crazy year.

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