Hickory-Smoked Turkey

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Appears in
Thanksgiving: Recipes for a Holiday Meal

By Lou Seibert Pappas

Published 2011

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Expect the meat of this turkey to have a pinkish color, as is typical for home-smoked birds. Cooked mainly on the grill, this turkey leaves the oven free for pies, gratins, and other baked dishes.


  • Hickory wood, six 3-inch chunks
  • Fresh whole turkey, 1, about 12


The day before you plan to prepare the turkey, place the hickory wood pieces in a bowl and add enough water to cover them completely. The hickory wood must be soaked for 24 hours so it will smolder, and not ignite, in the grill, creating a lot of smoke to infuse the turkey. Do not drain the hickory wood until just before grilling.

About 2 hours before grilling, remove the turkey from th