Smoked Holiday Turkey

Smoked Holiday Turkey

Time: 4 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 large turkey
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/8 cup minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 large onions, quartered
  • 1 small rosemary, branch whole (optional)


  • 1 In a bowl mix minced onion, garlic, rosemary, pepper, 1 tsp paprika, salt and enough olive oil to create a thick paste consistency.
  • 2 Clean turkey and prepare for smoker breast up. With a paring knife or other small knife, make incisions straight down into the meat and to the bone, about 1 to 1.5 inches long. You can gouge the holes out deeper below the surface by wiggling the knife to make a larger cavity if you wish. Do this all over the turkey, in any place that you can make a hole and pack some of the mix into the cut, about 1.5 to 2 inches apart.
  • 3 Use a spoon and fingers to pack all of the holes with your mix, stuffing them to the top of the hole.
  • 4 Quarter onions and pack them with the rosemary sprigs inside the turkey cavity.
  • 5 With your hands, coat the turkey on the outside completely with olive oil, and then dust down fairly heavily with paprika. Tie the legs together with string.
  • 6 Place on smoker and smoke as you usually would, about 4 to 5 hours in my particular smoker.
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