If you own a Pit Boss and haven’t tried a Pit Boss smoked turkey, you’re in for a pleasant surprise! This delicious turkey with an easy maple BBQ rub is so juicy, incredibly flavourful with a perfectly browned and crispy skin, and it can be smoked to perfection in less than 3 hours. A great twist on a holiday favorite or a nice alternative to chicken in the summer months!
The Perfect Pit Boss Smoked Turkey with Maple BBQ Rub
Hello All! Today I’m letting my hubby Justin do a take-over on the blog with this incredible smoked turkey recipe we prepared for a small gathering the other weekend. With it being the holiday season we had a turkey in our freezer that just needed to be thawed for a less formal occasion.
That’s the beauty of a a smoked turkey, it’s a more casual approach to a bird that is often prepared for formal occasions. A smoked turkey can be enjoyed any time of year; winter or summer, it’s a delicious and easy dish to prepare.
Heck, if I can make a turkey on the Pit Boss...anyone can! I’ll let Justin take it from here.
How do you smoke a turkey in a pit boss pellet smoker?
One of the easiest ways to smoke a turkey on a Pit Boss pellet smoker is to spatchcock the turkey, then place it right on the grill grate to cook. The spatchcock method allows for even cooking of the bird and gets more surface area of the turkey browned and crispy.
There’s nothing better than a juicy, tender meat underneath perfectly crispy and browned skin.
For this smoker method, I kept the temperature lower at 300F for most of the cooking time, then increased the temperature to 350F for the last half an hour to reach that ideal level of browning and cispiness on the skin and seal in the moisture.
What kind of pellets should I use?
I recommend the Pit Boss competition blend pellets, but you can use any pellets you prefer.
How long does it take to smoke a turkey on a pit boss smoker?
Cooking time all depends on the size of your bird and if you use the spatchcock method or not. We went with a smaller-sized 5-7kg young turkey, and the total smoking time was 2.5 hours.
If you have a larger turkey, but still use the spatchcock method you can estimate approximately 25 minutes per kg, so a larger 9kg turkey will take approximately 3 hrs and 45 minutes (using the spatchcock method).
Should you wrap a turkey in foil when smoking?
Smoked Turkey with Maple BBQ Rub Ingredients
To prepare this smoker turkey, and the barbecue rub, you do not need many ingredients. The rub is very simple to make but packs a ton of flavour. Here’s what you’ll need:
Maple BBQ Rub:
The combination of sweet and salty works so well with the smoky flavour created by the Pit Boss and the rub creates a nice crispy, caramelized skin that locks in the moisture of the turkey meat.
How To Prepare, Step-by-Step:
While Christal is a great cook, she definitely is not a pro with the Pit Boss. So, I walked her through the process of preparing this turkey and she was pleasantly surprised at how easy it really was.
This is pretty much a “set it and forget it” recipe. The great thing about smoking a turkey as compared to oven-roasting, is that you don’t have to baste the turkey over and over again to avoid a dry bird.
Here’s what you’ll do:
1. Spatchcock the turkey with kitchen shears, then open it and lay flat. placing it cut-side down on a large baking/roasting pan. Then, rub 1 tablespoon of butter all over the turkey skin.
2. In a bowl combine the spices with the maple syrup and mix, then pour over the turkey and rub all over the skin, into the breast and legs to coat, then set aside.
3. Turn on the Pit Boss and set temperature to 300F, pre-heat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.
4. Transfer the turkey directly from the pan onto the Pit Boss grill grate and close the lid.
5. Smoke for approximately 2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 145F.
6. Increase the smoker temperature to 350F and baste the turkey with remaining 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, and smoke until internal temperature reaches 165F (approx. 30 mins).
7. When finished, remove turkey from the smoker, cover with tin foil and let rest for 15 minutes, then carve as desired, serve, and enjoy!
Whether you are new to the smoker world, or are a smoker master, you’ll love this simple Pit Boss smoked turkey with maple bbq rub. It’s easy, delicious, and great for a small gathering of friends or family.
You can also make the most epic turkey sandwiches with the leftovers (if there are any!).
Have you ever made a whole turkey on a Pit Boss? Tell me about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save for later!
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