Glazed Turkey For The Holidays

Glazed Turkey For The Holidays

Here is a great smoked turkey recipe for the holidays that the entire family can enjoy.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pellet Grilll, Poultry
Servings: 4 people


  • BBQ grill, Pellet Grill, or smoker


  • 15 lb Turkey
  • 1 uckleBusters Area 51 Bird Brine Kit for Turkey
  • 1 gal Water
  • 1 bag Ice
  • 6 tbsp Honey BBQ rub
  • 1 cup Peach BBQ sauce


Thaw and rinse your turkey

  • Refer to your turkey package for thawing, but most frozen turkeys will take around 24 hours to thaw at room temperature OR approximately 48 hours to thaw in the refrigerator
  • With a completely thawed turkey, remove all additional internal parts; heart, neck, kidneys, and discard
  • Wash your turkey with cold water and then pat dry, and then set aside


  • Open the SuckleBusters Area 51 Bird Brine Kit for Turkey and add the small packet of herbs along with 4 – 6 cups of water to a large pot
  • Bring the water & herbs to a boil. Once you reach a boil, then remove from heat
  • Add the large packet of seasonings to the pot and stir until dissolved – about 1 minute
  • Next, you will add some ice to chill the brine mixture
  • Put your turkey into the brine bag and pour in the mix, removing any excess air and add cold water until the turkey is completely covered, then seal the bag
  • Refrigerate in the brine turkey overnight

Clean, split open, and season the turkey

  • Remove your turkey from the brine mixture and rinse with cold water, then pat dry
  • Discard the water and ice mixture
  • Place your turkey on a cutting board breast side down
  • Using a large butcher knife, slice down either side of the backbone, through to the inner cavity
  • Remove the backbone and discard it
  • Cut through the thick end of the breast bone as this will help your turkey lay flat
  • Now spread out flat the turkey to season it on both sides using the Honey BBQ Rub


  • Set up your grill to 325 – 350 degrees cooking temperature
  • Place your turkey on the cooking surface skin side up
  • Cook your turkey until the internal temperature reaches at least 165 degrees in the thickest part of each breast
  • Cooking time may vary, but plan for about 3 hours
  • Now brush on the Honey BBQ Glaze during the last 30 minutes of cooking so the glaze carmelizes


  • When your turkey reaches 165 degrees internally, you need to allow it to rest for around 15 – 30 minutes before carving
  • Most of us will trim off the legs and wings first before slicing the breasts diagonally; however, serve and enjoy the way you see fit.