Turkey may be the most difficult of all meats because if you overcook it even slightly you have cardboard. But getting it right isn’t hard. Turkey poses several problems that we can solve by thinking scientifically. My methods differ drastically from tradition, but if you follow our guidelines you can make this flightless bird soar above the flock.
Below are our favorite smoked and grilled turkey recipes. Also be sure to check out our “Turkey On The Grill Made Easy” downloadable e-book for a wealth of information, tips, and more recipes. Like our other deep dive e-books, you can purchase them for $3.99 (see the various download formats here) or for free by joining our Pitmaster Club here.
Finally, our Meathead’s Amazing Tuscan Herb Poultry Seasoning & Dry Brine (available along with our other rubs and sauce here), a commercial variation of our popular Simon & Garfunkel rub, is a great way to simplify your turkey prep while also kicking up the flavor!
Our grilled turkey recipe and smoked turkey recipe makes your ordinary holiday meal extraordinary! Here's everything you need to know about making the ultimate holiday bird including tips for shopping, thawing, prep, injecting, cooking, gravy, and carving. We also bust some myths, discuss side dishes, and so much more!
This spatchcock (butterflied) turkey gets a boost of flavor from sage butter and citrus-herb salt before hitting the smoker or grill for the perfect dose of smoke and flame. By spatchcocking the turkey, you guarantee that the dark and white meat are cooked to perfection as the heat is dispersed evenly across the bird.
Sous Vide and the grill and smoke combine to make the best turkey you have ever tasted. This sous-vide-que turkey recipe results in superbly tender and and juicy meat from the low and slow sous vide method, highlighted by the delicate elegance of hardwood smoke and crispy skin that can only be achieved on the grill.
If you're a turkey breast fan then you're sure to fall in love with Bobby Flay's recipe for tandoori style grilled turkey breast. Turkey breast can be difficult to cook as it can easily overcook but Flay's flavorful marinade helps to keep it moist and tender while grilling.
This tested recipe reproduces the monster turkey legs you see if you visit any of the Disney parks where you will see folks stumbling around with delirious smiles. The secret to success is curing then smoking the giant turkey legs. This recipe also works fine with chicken legs, though they will cook faster.
Make the most of your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers with this delicious recipe for turkey pot pie. A twist on traditional chicken pot pie, this recipe nestles turkey, vegetables, gravy and apple beneath a flaky golden brown crust. You can also customize the recipe, swapping turkey for short ribs, pulled pork and more!
Leftover turkey has never tasted better than it does in this recipe for a grilled turkey Cuban sandwich from Food Network's Bobby Flay. Sliced turkey replaces traditional roast pork in this classic pressed sandwich, joining ham, mustard, pickle, Swiss cheese, and cranberry relish for an outstanding leftover sandwich.
There is nothing better than leftover Thanksgiving turkey, that is except for this recipe for smoked turkey salad. The best thing about this recipe is that you can use it as a blank canvas, swapping out ingredients you don't like and adding new ones.
Mix up your traditional fajitas with this recipe from Bobby Flay that features leftover Thanksgiving turkey instead of beef or chicken. A Tex-Mex favorite, the fajita is a rolled up sandwich with a tortilla instead of leavened bread, and it is usually made with grilled skirt steak but Flay takes it to a new level.
Enjoy Thanksgiving all year long thanks to this delicious recipe for a turkey and stuffing blended burger. This is the ultimate Thanksgiving-inspired burger – a turkey and stuffing patty topped with sweet potato waffle fries, a tart and tangy cranberry barbecue sauce, and a buttery brioche bun! Let's all give thanks.