Classic Holiday Turkey
- By Tom Jackson
- Oct 13, 2020
Chef Tom fires up the Yoder Smokers YS640s Pellet Grill and roasts a brined, trussed, whole Classic Holiday Turkey with a sweet and savory glaze. This is the quintessential holiday turkey and hits all the flavor notes you expect from a traditional bird— apple, garlic, rosemary and sage.
Classic Holiday Turkey Recipe
- 14 lb whole turkey
- 2 (16 oz) bottles Sweetwater Spice Classic Holiday Turkey Bath
- 1 cup Jacobsen Salt Co. Kosher Sea Salt
- 2 gallons cool water
- Cattleman’s Grill Trail Dust AP Seasoning
- 1 cup unsalted butter, for injecting
For the glaze:
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup Reida Farm Wildflower Honey
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 clove of garlic, crushed
- 1/4 tsp whole cloves
In a 22 quart Briner Bucket, combine the two bottles Sweetwater Spice Classic Holiday Turkey Bath, 1 cup Jacobsen Salt Co. Kosher Sea Salt and 2 gallons water. Whisk well.
Place the turkey in the briner bucket. Submerge the bird with the plate and lock into place. Brine the turkey for 1-1.5 hours per pound (14-21 hours).
Remove the turkey from the Briner Bucket. Transfer to a wire rack over a sheet pan. Pat dry with paper towels. Transfer to the refrigerator and let the skin dry out, uncovered, for 24 hours.
Preheat your Yoder Smokers YS640s Pellet Grill to 450ºF, set up for indirect grilling (diffuser in place).
Melt the butter. Let cool slightly (5 minutes). Load the butter into your pistol grip injector. Inject the butter into the breasts.
Rub excess butter over the surface of the skin. Season the turkey on all surfaces with Cattleman’s Grill Trail Dust AP Seasoning.
Truss the turkey with butcher’s twine, tying the legs together and pulling them toward the breasts, also pinning the wings to the sides of the breasts. Touch up the seasoning, as needed.
Place the turkey (still on the wire rack over the sheet pan) on the main cooking grate, toward the right side of the grill. Cook at 450ºF for 45 minutes.
In the meantime, combine all ingredients for the glaze in a Lodge 8” Cast Iron Skillet. Bring to a simmer and cook for about one minute.
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After 45 minutes, turn the heat down to 325ºF and brush the turkey with the glaze.
Continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 155ºF in the breasts, basting every 45 minutes.
Remove the Classic Holiday Turkey from the grill and rest 20 minutes before carving.