Cajun Smoked Turkey
ready in: 2-5 hrs
recipe id: 100867
cook method: outdoor grill
1 fresh (or completely thawed) turkey
6 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons oregano
3 tablespoons dried onion flakes
3 tablespoons fresh cracked black pepper
3 tablespoons ground white pepper
3 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons sweet basil
1 1/2 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons ground bay leaves
2 teaspoons gumbo file powder
First, remove the giblets/neck/etc. from the cavity of the turkey. Rinse turkey and pat dry.
Mix dry ingredients thoroughly in a glass or plastic bowl (May be stored for 6 months in a sealed glass jar in the refrigerator).
Mix 5 Tbs of the dry mix in a bowl with the oil. Next, place a little plain oil on your hands and work them between the skin and the meat carefully separating the two.
Next, using your hands, work as much of the seasoning on all portions of the meat (under the skin) as possible. Be sure to leave some for the outside of the turkey.
Cook in indirect heat (fire on one side of the pit and the bird on the other side) at 325 degrees F to 350 degrees F until done, rotating occasionally.
Place aluminum pan below turkey to catch the juices. To keep the breast from drying out before the dark meat is done, cover breast with foil for 1/2 the cooking time.
The turkey will be done when the internal temperature reaches 170 degrees F in the deepest part of the thigh next to the breast.
If you want more smoke flavor, take some wood chips that have been soaked in water and place them in aluminum foil. Place this packed on or next to the fire so that it begins to smolder producing a nice wood flavor! Enjoy!
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