Honey Brined Smoked Turkey

Honey Brined Smoked Turkey
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 - 12 servings

This hulking turkey is brined for up to 12 hours before being grilled inside a “smoke bomb” with hickory wood chips.



gallon hot water
lb(s) kosher salt
quarts vegetable broth
lb(s) honey
(7-lb) bag rice
(15 to 20-lb) turkey, with giblets removed
Vegetable oil, for rubbing turkey


Step 1

Combine the hot water and the salt in a 54-quart cooler. Stir until the salt dissolves. Stir in the vegetable broth and the honey. Add the ice and stir. Place the turkey in the brine, breast side up, and cover with cooler lid. Brine overnight, up to 12 hours.

Step 2

Remove the turkey from the brine and dry thoroughly. Rub the bird thoroughly with the vegetable oil.

Step 3

Heat the grill to 400ºF.

Step 4

Using a double thickness of heavy-duty aluminum foil, build a smoke bomb. Place a cup of hickory wood chips in the center of the foil and gather up the edges, making a small pouch. Leave the pouch open at the top. Set this directly on the charcoal or on the metal bar over the gas flame. Set the turkey over indirect heat, insert a probe thermometer into the thickest part of the breast meat, and set the alarm for 160ºF. Close the lid and cook for 1 hour.

Step 5

After 1 hour check the bird; if the skin is golden brown, cover with aluminum foil and continue cooking. Also, after 1 hour, replace wood chips with second cup.

Step 6

Once the bird reaches 160ºF, remove from grill, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 1 hour. Carve and serve.

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