Mesquite Smoked Cajun Whole Turkey Cooked on Gas Grill

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READY IN: 3hrs 10mins
Recipe by lesliecoy

Turned out mighty tasty! Combined several recipes to get one we thought we might time maybe a little more kick.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 8 34 lbs turkey
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 12 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning (Mrs Dash )
  • 12 teaspoon clove
  • 12 teaspoon allspice
  • butter-flavored cooking spray, as needed
  • 1 cup mesquite wood chips, soaked in water and drained


  1. Preheat grill on high. Turn down to maintain (medium) 350 degrees.
  2. Place smoker box of wet mesquite chips on grill.
  3. Remove neck and giblets from cavity, rinse turkey, and pat dry.
  4. Mix spices in a small bowl, set aside 1 TBSP of mixture, and put some of the mixture in the cavity and some under the skin.
  5. Spray turkey with butter spray and pat reserved spice mixture on the skin of the turkey.
  6. Place turkey breast side down, turning back wing tips, on the grill over a dip pan.
  7. Cook turkey for 11 to 13 minutes per pound (internal temperature 180 degrees in thigh and 170 degrees in breast.
  8. Note: At halfway point, turn turkey if needed for even cooking. 10- 18 pound turkey takes 2 to 3 hours. We turned our turkey at 1 1/2 hours. To reach internal temperature of 170 in breast we cooked it for 1 1/2 more.
  9. Let stand 15 minutes before carving.

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