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Traeger recipe - Applewood Smoked Turkey - pellet grille

Applewood Smoked Turkey for Traeger

Make Thanksgiving EASY with this Applewood Smoked Turkey for Traeger! This practically effortless turkey recipe on a pellet grill is so juicy & delicious. You’ll never bake a turkey in the oven again.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword traeger, turkey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Rest 15 minutes
Servings 12 people


  • 1 turkey 13-15 lbs
  • 1/2 cup butter – softened
  • 12 ounces beer
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 apple
  • 1/3 cup Traeger Pork & Poultry rub
  • applewood pellets


  • Place the turkey in a shallow roasting pan.
  • Pour beer & teriyaki sauce into the bottom of the pan.
  • Rub softened butter all over the turkey.
  • Liberally coat the buttered turkey with seasoning & rub in.
  • Cut an apple in half & place inside the turkey.
  • Preheat the grille to 225 degrees.
  • Once heated, place the prepared turkey on the grill, uncovered at 225 degrees.
  • Cook until internal breast temperature reaches 110 degrees.
  • Turn the grille up to 350 degrees & continue to cook the turkey until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  • This should take approx 5 hours, depending on the size of your turkey & the ambient temperature around your grille.
  • Once it has reached 160 degrees, remove the turkey & let sit for 15 minutes before carving.