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    Spice-Rubbed Smoked Turkey

    Spice-Rubbed Smoked Turkey. Photo by PaulaG

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    10 hrs 40 mins

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    10 hrs 30 mins

    hepcat1's Note:

    This turkey goes with recipes for Roasted-Pear Stuffing and Cranberry Syrup. Make sure to begin early enough to allow for marinating time. All recipes originated with Cooking Light.

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    1. 1
      Remove and discard giblets and neck from turkey. Trim excess fat, then rinse turkey with cold water and pat dry. Loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Lift wing tips up and over back, and tuck under turkey. Place turkey on a jelly-roll pan. Combine the brown sugar and the next 7 ingredients (brown sugar through coriander). Rub seasoning mixture over and under skin. Cover turkey with plastic wrap; refrigerate 8 hours.
    2. 2
      Soak wood chunks in water 1 hour, and drain well. Place a large, disposable aluminum-foil pan in center of bottom grill rack. Place 25 charcoal briquettes on each side of the pan; ignite briquettes. Place wood chunks over hot coals. Coat top grill rack with cooking spray; place over foil pan and hot coals. Uncover the turkey; remove from jelly-roll pan. Place on top rack over aluminum-foil pan. Insert a meat thermometer into meaty part of thigh, making sure not to touch bone. Cover and smoke turkey 2 1/2 hours or until meat thermometer registers 180°, adding 8 additional briquettes to each side of drip pan every hour.
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      (Cover the turkey loosely with foil if it becomes too brown. Turkey should be a deep mahogany brown when done. Closely monitor the grill to make sure the coals burn steadily, with continuous smoke, although don't check too often as lifting the grill lid decreases the inside temperature significantly).
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      Serve with Roasted-Pear Stuffing (Roasted-Pear Stuffing) and Cranberry Syrup (Cranberry Syrup).

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 09, 2010


      The seasoning was excellent! The nomenclature is a bit confusing, however. It should be "Herb-Rubbed Charcoal-Roasted Turkey" because first of all, the turkey is not smoked, which takes several hours over a slow fire; and secondly, primarily herbs - not spices - are used. I know. I know. I'm picky. But once a writer/editor, always a writer/editor!!

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    • on November 23, 2006


      This was nicely seasoned, moist and delicious. I think that the cook time may refer to an electric smoker. We have a charcoal smoker which took considerably longer to cook the turkey. We actually had cooked it on Sunday, sliced it and froze it until dinner today. I defrosted in the refrigerator, covered it with foil and warmed it while the rest of Thanksgiving dinner cooked. It was a huge hit!

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    • on November 21, 2006



    Nutritional Facts for Spice-Rubbed Smoked Turkey

    Serving Size: 1 (460 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 744.9
    Calories from Fat 330
    Total Fat 36.7 g
    Saturated Fat 10.2 g
    Cholesterol 308.7 mg
    Sodium 878.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 4.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 3.3 g
    Protein 92.9 g

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