smoke a turkey on a  pellet grill

The best way to cook a turkey is to smoke it on a pellet grill. The smoky taste of the wood gives the meat that rich, smoked flavor. This smoked turkey is tasty, tender, and perfect for Thanksgiving.

– 8.5 pound turkey  – 2 tbsp olive oil or butter – 2 tbsp dry spice rub


Coat the outside of the turkey with olive oil or butter and season on all sides with a spice rub.  Sprinkle the spice rub mixture over the entire turkey.


Place turkey directly on the rack of the grill. Place a temperature probe into the thickest part of the breast meat and the thigh. When the internal temperature of the turkey reaches 165 degrees F, the turkey will be cooked. The cook time for the turkey is 30 minutes per pound at 225 degrees F, or 25 minutes per pound at 250 degrees F.

Allow the turkey to rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.