Honey Smoked Turkey


10 pounds whole turkey
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons celery salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 (12 ounce) jar honey
2 tablespoons vegetable oil


Remove neck and giblets from turkey.
Rinse the bird and pat dry.
Place in a medium grilling pan.

In a medium bowl, mix together sage, ground black pepper,
celery salt, basil and vegetable oil.
Drizzle mixture over the turkey.
Flip turkey breast side down in the pan.

Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.

Loosely cover turkey with foil,
and place the pan on the prepared grill. Cook approximately 1 hour.

Place approximately 2 handfuls of smoking chips on the fire.
Drizzle 1/2 the honey over the bird.
Continue cooking covered approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours,
or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F (80 degrees C).

Uncover turkey and carefully flip it breast side up in the baking pan.
Baste with remaining honey.
Continue cooking approximately 15 minutes.
The cooked honey will be very dark.

Makes 12 servings


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