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This Whole30 Smoked Turkey recipe is simple, delicious and perfect for saving oven space on thanksgiving!

Whole30 Smoked Turkey

  • Author: Kelsey


  • Whole Turkey
  • Salt for dry brine (amount in instructions)
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 1 tsp chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 tsp chopped sage
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 apple, chopped in quarters
  • 1 small onion, chopped in quarters


  • 2 days before you are going to cook the turkey, make sure it is defrosted.  Use about 1 tablespoon of salt per 5lbs of turkey and rub it on the skin, under the skin and inside the cavity of the turkey.
  • Then wrap the turkey up tight in plastic wrap and store it in the fridge until you are ready to cook and pat it dry.
  • In a small bowl combine ghee, rosemary, garlic sage and 1 tsp salt.  Take that mixture and  rub it all over the turkey and under the skin.
  • Stuff the apple and onion inside the turkey.
  • When you are ready to cook it, set the Traeger to 225℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
  • Place the turkey in a roasting pan and place directly on the grill grate. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 100-110℉.
  • Increase the temperature on the grill to 350℉ and continue to cook until a meat thermometer registers 160℉ when inserted in the thickest part of the turkey breast, about 3 to 4 hours total cook time.
  • Turkey will continue to cook when you take it off grill to reach a final temperature of 165℉ in the breast.
  • Remove the bird from the grill and let rest for at least 15 minutes before carving. Enjoy!


  • All turkeys range so much in size so exact times are hard!  Our 12 lb turkey took about 2- 2.5 hours to get to 110, then another 3.5 hours to get to 160.