Hot Smoked Christmas Turkey

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  • Makes: a 5.5kg Turkey
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Ready in: 6-7 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Hot Smoked Christmas Turkey


  • 1 x 1 x 5.5kg / 12lb turkey
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1kg wood chops soaked overnight in cold water
  • 6 tbsp olive oil

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  • Open the BBQ and remove one of the grills.
  • Next place the other grill in the centre of the BBQ.
  • Turn on the BBQ, but only the front burner.
  • Once the BBQ has warmed up check the temperature, it need to be 200°F, 100° C approx.
  • This is generally ½ turn on the front burner control only, you may have to play around a little, until you get the temp bang on.
  • The temperature must be no higher than 250°F, 120°C.
  • Next fill a Weber aluminium tray with soaked wood chips, and then place it directly underneath the grill bar, right at the front of the BBQ and on the flavouriser bars.
  • Cover the BBQ and wait.
  • After about 20 minutes, smoke will start to billow out of the BBQ.
  • At this point, oil the turkey, and season well with salt and pepper.
  • Place the turkey on the tray right over the front element and over the smoke tray, cover the BBQ and leave for about 2 hours.
  • At this point the smoke may have burnt out, then have another tray ready, open the bar b, carefully slide out the burnt chip tray, then slide in the new tray, cover and continue cooking.
  • Check every couple of hours that there is plenty of smoke, and also keep an eye on the temp, especially in cold weather.
  • After 5-6 hours the turkey will take on a brilliant golden colour, check to see if the bird is cooked. I use a digital thermometer, and the internal temp must be 85°C 185°F or above.
  • That's it have a go, its so easy and really keeps the flesh of the turkey very moist.
  • Surprisingly enough, the smoke adds a very mild flavour to the whole bird.
  • The bird can be stuffed in the normal way, but the cooking time may take a little longer, so allow an extra 45minutes to 1 hour.

Phil's Tips

Remember to check the internal temperature of your turkey with a thermometer to ensure its cooked right thought.