The Thanksgiving holiday is a time for family, food, and the great outdoors. One of my favorite ways to enjoy turkey is smoking it on a charcoal grill. There are many benefits to this approach. Like the Weber charcoal grill can be used year-round without any worries about smoke inhalation, the meat will come out juicy and tender. You will have more time to spend with your loved ones instead of babysitting an oven!
So, are you wondering about how to smoke a turkey on a weber charcoal grill? If yes, this blog post is for you.
How to Smoke a Turkey on a Weber Charcoal Grill
After smoking the turkey, it can take you anywhere from 3 to 4 hours, depending on the size of the bird. You may use a gas or charcoal grill for this dish aside from a Weber charcoal grill. The gas grill will cook faster, so monitor the time carefully.
What you need:
- A Weber charcoal grill (or any other charcoal or gas grill)
- A turkey (12-14 lbs is a good size, but adjust cooking times accordingly)
- Olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Your favorite seasonings
- A meat thermometer (optional)
- The night before you plan on cooking the turkey, remove it from its package and rinse under cold water.
- Pat dry with paper towels. Then apply olive oil over the entire bird, including inside the turkey’s cavity. Season liberally all over with salt, pepper, and your favorite spices.
- Put the turkey in a roasting pan and cover it with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Place it in your refrigerator overnight to marinate, allowing all of those flavors to soak into the meat. If you’re pressed for time, let it sit at room temperature for about an hour before putting it on the grill.
- The next day, when you’re ready to begin, place the roasting pan on your Weber charcoal grill and add about a cup of water or chicken stock. This will prevent any sticking and help keep the turkey moist! (Note: if you don’t have a weber charcoal grill, this step is unnecessary.)
- Cover with lid and bring up to temperature, which should take about 30 minutes. Once the grill is hot, remove the lid and place the turkey on the grill away from direct heat.
- Cook for approximately 45 minutes per pound or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F. (If using a gas grill, cook according to manufacturer’s instructions).
- Remove the turkey from the grill and let it rest for about 15 minutes before carving. Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy!
What to do if the smoked turkey is done too early?
- If the smoked turkey is done too early, wrap it in tin foil and place it back on the grill (or in a 200-degree oven) until it reaches the correct temperature.
- You can also put the smoked turkey into a slow cooker on low heat to keep it warm.
- If you have leftover smoked turkey, be sure to save it for later! You can use the meat as you would roast or rotisserie chicken.
For now, you must have learned how to smoke a turkey on a Weber grill charcoal. So, it is time to practice this recipe before Thanksgiving day. If you may need some help or want to ask any questions about the process, feel free to contact us for more information. Happy Grilling!