Delicious Smoked Whole Turkey with Irresistible Crispy Skin

Prepare yourself for an incredibly easy and mouthwatering smoked whole turkey recipe that delivers a perfect combination of smoky flavor and crispy skin. The best part? You can achieve this culinary masterpiece in under three hours by following a few simple steps. Get ready to impress your guests with this unique twist on a classic turkey.


1 whole turkey, approximately 16lb

1/4–1/2 cup of Hardcore Carnivore seasoning

1 stick of softened salted butter


Begin by spatchcocking the turkey. Cut along both sides of the spine and remove it. Make sure to also remove any giblets or neck pieces. Score the breast bone with a knife, then flip the turkey breast side up and press down to flatten the breast bone. Tuck the wing tips under the breast to prevent burning, ensuring that all the turkey meat is facing upwards.

Preheat your smoker to 450°F (232°C).

Use your thumb to gently create a pocket between the skin and meat over the breast and thighs. Stuff these pockets with the softened butter.

Generously season the entire turkey with the Hardcore Carnivore seasoning, ensuring even coverage.

Place the turkey, breast side up, onto the smoker rack and cook for approximately 15 minutes at 450°F (232°C). This initial high-heat step will help achieve that coveted crispy skin.

After 15 minutes, reduce the smoker’s temperature to 275°F (135°C). Continue cooking until the internal temperature of the breast meat reaches 165°F (74°C) using a meat thermometer. For a 16lb turkey, this should take around 2 hours. Keep in mind that the cook time may increase slightly for larger birds.

Once the turkey reaches the desired temperature, carefully remove it from the smoker.

Allow the turkey to rest for a few minutes before carving and serving.

Prepare to be blown away by the incredible flavors and textures of this easy whole smoked turkey. The crispy skin, infused with a delectable smokiness, combined with the moist and tender meat, will leave your guests begging for more. Enjoy this unique and hassle-free turkey recipe that will make you the star of any gathering.