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Oklahoma Joe Smoked Turkey

Y’all ready to embark on a flavorful journey into the realm of smoked goodness? Well, hold onto your hats, folks, ’cause we’re diving headfirst into the world of Oklahoma Joe Smoked Turkey!

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How to Make Smoked Turkey on Oklahoma Joe

Now, let’s cut to the chase – or should I say, the carve? Here’s the lowdown on turning a turkey into a smoky masterpiece using your Oklahoma Joe:

  1. Prep that Bird:
    • First things first, get yourself a quality turkey. None of that frozen tomfoolery – fresh is the way to go!
    • Give that bird a good rinse and pat-down. We’re getting it ready for the flavor party, after all.
  2. Brine Time, Baby:
    • Throw that turkey into a flavorful brine. I’m talking a dance of salt, sugar, herbs, and maybe a secret ingredient or two. Let it soak up the goodness overnight.
  3. Wood Wisdom:
    • What’s the best wood to smoke turkey with, you ask? Pecan, my friend. It brings a sweet, nutty flavor that’ll have your taste buds doing a happy jig.
  4. Rub-a-Dub-Dub:
    • Hit your turkey with a BBQ rub that’s got personality. I like a mix of paprika, garlic powder, and a pinch of sass.
  5. Smokin’ Time:
    • Fire up that Oklahoma Joe to a sweet spot of 275°F. Slow and steady wins the race.
    • Pop in the turkey, close the lid, and let the smokin’ symphony begin.
  6. Patience, Padawan:
    • This is the part where you resist the urge to peek every five minutes. Trust the process, and let that turkey soak in the smoky goodness for a few hours.
  7. Golden Glory:

Wood Whispers: Picking the Perfect Timber

Alright, folks, let’s talk wood. It’s the unsung hero of your smoked turkey masterpiece. Pecan wood brings a mellow sweetness, oak adds a robust flavor, and hickory delivers a bold punch. Mix and match to find your signature combo.

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Brine, Baby, Brine: A Soak of Flavors

Brining is like sending your turkey to a spa – it comes out refreshed, rejuvenated, and bursting with flavor. My go-to brine includes kosher salt, brown sugar, garlic, and a splash of apple cider for good measure. Let that bird take a flavorful dip overnight, and you’ll thank me later.


When it’s rub time, don’t hold back. Mix up a concoction that speaks to your taste buds. I like to throw in a pinch of cayenne for a little kick. Massage that rub onto your turkey like you’re giving it a spa treatment – trust me, the turkey deserves it.

What to Serve

Now, let’s not forget the supporting cast. A smoked turkey deserves some A-list sides. I’m talking about creamy mashed potatoes, tangy cranberry sauce, and a smoky stuffing that’ll make your taste buds dance a jig.

Pro Tips for Smokin’ Success

  1. Temperature Tango: Keep a close eye on that smoker temperature. Consistency is key, my friends.
  2. Leftover Magic: Embrace the leftovers! Turkey sandwiches, turkey tacos – the options are endless.

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So, there you have it – the tale of my Oklahoma Joe smoked turkey escapade. From brine to wood to rub, every step is a dance in the flavorful ballet of barbecue. As you embark on your smokin’ journey, remember: it’s not just about the turkey; it’s about the laughter, the shared moments, and the satisfaction of creating a feast that’ll be talked about for years.

And there you have it, folks! Thanks a bunch for joining me on this flavorful adventure. Until next time, keep the smoke rollin’ and the laughter flowin’. Happy smokin’!

Oklahoma Joe Smoked Turkey

Master the art of smoking turkey with our Oklahoma Joe recipe. Impress your guests with delicious, smoky flavor and succulent meat.

Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Brining 12 hours
Servings 8


  • 1 fresh turkey 12-15 lbs

For the Brine:

  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 head of garlic smashed
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 1 gallon apple cider

For the Rub:

  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional for a spicy kick

For the Smokin' Session:

  • Pecan wood chunks
  • Apple juice in a spray bottle


Brine Bliss

  1. Prep the Turkey: Rinse the turkey under cold water, removing any giblets or excess fat. Pat it dry with paper towels.
  2. Prepare the Brine: In a large mixing bowl, combine kosher salt, brown sugar, smashed garlic, rosemary, and apple cider. Stir until the salt and sugar dissolve.
  3. Brine the Turkey: Place the turkey in a large brining bag or container. Pour the brine over the turkey, ensuring it's fully submerged. Seal the bag or cover the container and refrigerate overnight.


  1. Remove and Rinse: Take the turkey out of the brine and rinse it under cold water. Pat it dry with paper towels.
  2. Mix the Rub: In a bowl, combine paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, black pepper, and cayenne if you're feeling a bit spicy.
  3. Rub the Turkey: Massage the rub mixture all over the turkey, making sure to get it into all the nooks and crannies. Let it sit while you prepare your smoker.

Smokin' Symphony

  1. Prepare the Smoker: Fire up your Oklahoma Joe smoker using a combination of charcoal and hardwood lump charcoal. Aim for a steady temperature of 275°F.
  2. Add Wood Chunks: Toss a handful of pecan wood chunks onto the hot coals. This is where the magic happens.
  3. Place the Turkey: Once the smoker is humming with flavorful smoke, place the rubbed turkey on the cooking grate, breast side up.
  4. Spritz and Smoke: Every hour, give the turkey a spritz with apple juice using a spray bottle. This keeps the skin moist and adds a touch of sweetness.
  5. Monitor Temperature: Keep an eye on the smoker temperature and the internal temperature of the turkey. When it hits a glorious 165°F, your smoky masterpiece is ready to come out!

Carve and Savor

  1. Rest the Turkey: Allow your turkey to rest for about 20-30 minutes before carving. This lets the juices redistribute for maximum flavor.
  2. Carve and Serve: Grab your carving knife and dive into that smoky goodness. Serve it up with your favorite sides, and watch the compliments roll in.
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