ultimate smoked turkey
1 (18-20 lb) turkey
1 Your Favorite Orange Brine and Turkey Rub Kit
1/2 Cup Your Favorite Pork & Poultry Rub
1/2 Pound butter, softened
The day before, brine the turkey according to the Z Grill Turkey Brine Kit package directions. Remove from brine, rinse and pat dry.
Season the inside cavity with 2 tablespoons Z Grill Pork & Poultry Rub reserving the rest for the exterior.
Prepare the turkey by separating the skin from the breast creating a pocket to stuff the softened butter in. Cover the entire breast with 1/4 inch thickness of butter.
Season the exterior of the bird with remaining rub.
Transfer to the fridge and let chill for at least 1 hour.
Remove from the fridge and truss the legs and tuck the wing tips back around the bird.
When ready to cook, set the Z Grill to 225℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Pellet Tube if available.
Place the turkey in a roasting pan and place directly on the grill grate. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 100-110℉.
Increase the temperature on the grill to 350℉ and continue to cook until an instant read thermometer registers 160℉ when inserted in the thickest part of the breast (check every 30 minutes after grill temperature is increased), about 3 to 4 hours total cook time. Turkey will continue to cook once taken off grill to reach a final temperature of 165℉ in the breast.
Remove the bird from the grill and let rest for at least 30 minutes before carving. Enjoy!