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Lemon, Garlic and Herb Butter Rubbed Smoked Turkey

Lemon, Garlic and Herb Butter Rubbed Smoked Turkey
  • 12 Servings
  • 10 mins Prep Time
  • 7 hrs 30 mins Total Time


  • 1 Fresh Whole Turkey
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 Tbsp. dry rubbed sage
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp. dry thyme, rough chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, fine mince
  • 2 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper

Recipe developed in partnership with Pit Boss

  • Step 1

    One day prior, remove whole turkey from the refrigerator. Remove from package and pat dry with paper towels. Can also prepare lemon garlic butter.
  • Step 2

    To prepare flavored butter, place room temperature butter into a mixing bowl. Add the remaining ingredients and blend together.
  • Step 3

    Gently pull the skin from the breast portion of the turkey. Take a third of the butter and rub it over the breasts underneath the skin. Take another third and rub over the entire whole turkey.
  • Step 4

    Place back into the refrigerator covered and let sit overnight.
  • Step 5

    Preheat the smoker to 250°F. Remove turkey from the refrigerator and allow to sit for 20 minutes.
  • Step 6

    Place turkey on smoker. Melt the remaining Lemon garlic herb butter. Approximately every hour, baste the turkey breast with the melted butter.
  • Step 7

    Continue to baste every hour until the turkey breast reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165°F (approximately 7 hours), making sure to insert the thermometer in the thickest portion of the breast.
  • Step 8

    Allow turkey to rest for 10 minutes then carve the turkey. Place on a large platter and serve immediately.

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