Smoke Your Christmas Turkey

If you’ve never tried a smoked turkey, you and your family are in for a surprise!

Not only will it be the best turkey you’ve ever tasted, but it is also easier than you think! Follow along with a few recipes from our friends at Green Mountain Grills and Primo Ceramic Smokers below.

Smoke Your Christmas Turkey Friendly Fires

Mountain Man’s Special Turkey Recipe


  • 1-Whole Turkey
  • 5-Gallon Pale for Brining
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Brown Sugar
  • Fresh Garlic
  • GMG Poultry Rub
  • Kosher Salt

Turkey takes a bit of time, so I see no reason to cook a small one. You can always freeze the leftovers – they will stay moist for several weeks if you use a vacuum-sealer!


  • Thaw the turkey in the refrigerator. This will take anywhere from 2-5 days depending on the size of the bird. You can also thaw it in cold water in 8-12 hours.
  • Remove the neck and the giblets from the bird’s cavities.
  • If you don’t own a pan large enough for the turkey, just go to a box store and buy a 5-gallon plastic pail. Put the turkey in the pan or pail and then add enough water to completely cover it.
  • Remove the turkey.
  • Add enough kosher salt to the water until a raw egg seems buoyant. Stir. Add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar or molasses and 5 tablespoons of GMG Poultry Rub.
  • Use a garlic press or mash several cloves of garlic with the side of a butcher’s knife and add to the brine. Stir thoroughly.
  • Brine the turkey overnight. Make sure no part of the turkey is out of the water.
  • Remove the turkey and pat dry with paper towels.

View the rest of the recipe from our friends at Green Mountain Grills.

Another Turkey Option for your Primo Charcoal Smoker

Download the entire recipe from our friends at Primo Ceramic Grills here: Brined Turkey Recipe.

Merry Christmas from Friendly Fires!

However you cook your turkey this year we wish you a very Merry Christmas! Feel free to post photos of your birds below!

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