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Bucket Brine Smoked Turkey

Bucket Brine Smoked Turkey


If you've never had bucket brine -smoked turkey, you'll never want to have turkey any other way again! Your guests will love this easy to make ahead recipe. Start 3-4 days ahead and Thanksgiving dinner is a breeze!


  • 1(12 lb) whole turkey

  • 1 cup pickling salt
  • 2 bag of Morton's tender quick
  • 1 small bottle of liquid smoke 
  • 2 gallons or more of  water


  1. Place your frozen turkey in a 5 gallon bucket, pour water in, until the turkey is fully covered.
  2. Add salt, tender quick and the bottle of liquid smoke.
  3. Place the bucket in the garage refrigerator or place outside in the snow for 2-4 days, allowing the turkey to soak in the delicious flavors. Larger turkeys will take more time to pull the brine to the center.
  4. After Soaking is complete. preheat your oven to 225°F.
  5. Remove the turkey from the brine and pat it dry with paper towels. 
  6. Place the turkey in a roasting pot with lid or in a turkey bag in a pan.
  7. Allow to bake 6-10 hours

Once the turkey is baked, carefully remove it from the oven and let it rest for about 20-30 minutes before carving. This resting period allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, ensuring a moist and tender turkey.

Carve, serve, and enjoy your delicious smoked turkey with your favorite sides!

This smoked turkey recipe delivers a succulent and beautifully seasoned bird that will be the star of your next gathering.


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