Pumpkin Beer Brined Smoked Turkey is a showstopper turkey! Brined in a pumpkin beer overnight, the turkey is then rubbed down with an herbed butter and smoked low and slow until juicy and succulent. This is a turkey recipe that we keep coming back to year after year!
Cooking a turkey doesn’t have to be hard or over-thought.
First, let’s start with the brine. Brining your turkey will not only help infuse flavor, but it will also help ensure a juicy bird. The brine for this turkey is made up of a few simple ingredients:
- Pumpkin Beer
- Bay leaves
Submerge the turkey into the brine and refrigerate overnight. Not too bad so far, right? PS: if you don’t have large enough refrigerator space to brine a turkey, you can use a large cooler! Just make sure it’s clean, pour the brine into it, submerge the turkey and then cover with some ice. I’ve done it before and it worked like a charm!
The next day, pull the turkey out of the brine, pat it dry with a paper towel and cover completely with an herbed butter. Then the fun part comes! Smoking the turkey infuses the bird with even more flavor. We love the way it turns out! However, if you don’t have a smoker, you can still make this turkey! I’ve made this recipe several times in the oven as well. Either way, you are going to have one delicious turkey!
Finally, after the turkey cooks low and slow, you get to put a perfectly golden brown turkey down on the table. What a great feeling that is! The skin gets golden brown and crispy, while the meat stays tender and juicy. The pumpkin beer brine adds a bright taste, while the smoker adds a succulent taste. It’s the perfect turkey match made in heaven.
Whether it’s your first time cooking a turkey or your 100th time, this recipe is for you. When cooking a turkey, just keep these couple things in mind:
- Give yourself enough time. You don’t want to rush it!
- Have an accurate thermometer on hand so that you know when the turkey is done.
- Carve it with a sharp knife, but I’d stear away from the serrated ones.
- Don’t freak out – you’ve got this 🙂
Pumpkin Beer Brined Smoked Turkey is the perfect show stopper for your holiday table.
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