In this sweet and Smoked Honey Brined Turkey recipe, a sweet honey brine serves a dual purpose: both as a sweetener and as a browning agent.

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Smoked Honey Brined Turkey Recipe

This turkey achieves the right level of crispiness while cooking and has a hint of sweetness.
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 10 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10


  • Smoker
  • Roasting Pan
  • Large Cooler


  • 15 Lbs Whole Turkey (giblets removed)
  • 1 Lb Salt
  • 1 Gallon Hot Water
  • 16 Oz Honey
  • 2 Qts Vegetable Broth
  • 7 Lb Bag of Ice
  • Vegetable Oil


  • Melt the salt in the boiling water in a big cooler before adding the honey and vegetable oil. Remix after adding ice.
  • Put the turkey in the brine breast-up and let it stand for 12 hours with the cooler's lid shut.
  • Remove the turkey from the chiller after 12 hours, pat it dry, and then rub it with vegetable oil.
  • Heat smoker to 250 °F.
  • Put the turkey in a roasting pan and cover it with foil in a loose tent.
  • Place the roasting pan into the smoker, then cover it and let it smoke for 10 hours.
  • Let stand 30 minutes, then carve and serve.
Keyword Sauce, Turkey