Smoked Bourbon Turkey

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4:30 - Prep 0:30 / Cook 4:00
Intermediate

Feast your eyes on our Smoked Bourbon Turkey with its dark golden brown crust. You can be sure everyone will love this tender, wood-fired turkey with four peppercorn seasoning and sweet, smoky bourbon undertones. Smother it with smoky bourbon gravy for a double shot of delicious.

We made this recipe on the Highland Offset Smoker, but you can make it on your smoker.

12 Servings

Ingredients

Turkey
  • 1 (10-16 pound) whole turkey
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt or coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon four peppercorn blend
  • 10-15 apple wood chunks
Injection Marinade
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
Bourbon Gravy
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup turkey drippings, fat skimmed off
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 4 teaspoons four peppercorn blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or coarse sea salt
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1. Pat dry the turkey with paper towels.
2. Combine chicken stock, butter and bourbon in a measuring cup or mason jar. Using a marinade injector, inject the turkey 2 to 3 times in each breast and both legs.
3.. In a spice or coffee grinder, pulse salt and peppercorn blend until coarsely ground. Season the turkey on all sides with the mixture.
4. Preheat your smoker to 250°F and toss a few wood chunks onto hot coals.
5. Place a large aluminum drip pan under the grates, below the turkey, to collect the drippings. Place the turkey on the grates.
6. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 165°F, about 4 to 5 hours.
7. Remove the turkey from the smoker using a sturdy, wide spatula and let it rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. Remove the aluminum drip pan with the turkey juices and set aside.
8. In a preheated saucepan, melt the butter; then stir in flour to make a roux. Gradually whisk in chicken stock, bourbon, peppercorn blend, thyme, salt and turkey drippings. Simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside.
9. Slice the turkey and serve with bourbon gravy.
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