Mesquite Smoked Cajun Whole Turkey Cooked on Gas Grill

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READY IN: 3hrs 10mins
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

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
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DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat grill on high. Turn down to maintain (medium) 350 degrees.
  • Place smoker box of wet mesquite chips on grill.
  • Remove neck and giblets from cavity, rinse turkey, and pat dry.
  • 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.
  • Spray turkey with butter spray and pat reserved spice mixture on the skin of the turkey.
  • Place turkey breast side down, turning back wing tips, on the grill over a dip pan.
  • Cook turkey for 11 to 13 minutes per pound (internal temperature 180 degrees in thigh and 170 degrees in breast.
  • 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.
  • Let stand 15 minutes before carving.
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