Smoked Garlic and Orange Turkey

Recipe by SJ Taylor
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READY IN: 5hrs 30mins
SERVES: 10
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1
    (12 -14 lb) whole turkey, giblets removed, rinsed and patted dry
  • 12
    wood chunks (orange or hickory)
  • 2
    tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2
    oranges, scrubbed, additional oranges may be used for garnish
  • 2
    cups orange juice
  • 1
    bunch fresh sage
  • 3
    heads garlic, cut crosswise in half
  • 1
    (6 ounce) package garlic & herb spreadable cheese
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DIRECTIONS

  • At least 1 hour before cooking, soak wood chunks in enough water to cover.
  • Preheat coals.
  • Rub the turkey cavity with salt.
  • Cut oranges into 2-inch chunks.
  • Place the cut oranges, sage and garlic in the cavity.
  • Loosen the breast skin and spread the cheese spread underneath.
  • Tuck the wings under the back and tie legs together.
  • Rub the turkey with oil, juice from an orange, chopped sage, salt and pepper.
  • In a smoker, arrange preheated coals, half of the drained wood chunks and the water pan according to the manufacturer's directions.
  • Add water and orange juice to water pan.
  • Cover and smoke for 5 – 6 hours until thermometer registers 180°F when inserted in the breast.
  • Throughout, add more coals, wood chunks, and water/juice as needed.
  • Remove turkey to platter.
  • Cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Rest at least 5 minutes prior to carving.
  • Reserve any drippings for Orange Turkey Gravy with Sage.
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