Honey Smoked Turkey

The combination of sweet and savory is sure to make this smoked turkey a family favorite.


  • 12 oz. Aunt Sue’s® honey
  • 12 lb. whole turkey
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh sage
  • 2 Tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons celery salt
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 lb. mesquite wood chips


  • Preheat grill for high heat. For a charcoal grill, use about twice the usual amount of charcoal.
  • Soak wood chips in a pan of water and set next to the grill.
  • Remove neck and giblets from turkey.
  • Rinse the bird and pat dry.
  • Place in a large roasting pan.
  • Mix spices and oil in a medium bowl and pour mixture evenly over the turkey.
  • Turn the turkey breast side down in the pan, and tent loosely with aluminum foil.
  • Place the roasting pan on the preheated grill.
  • Throw a handful of the wood chips onto the coals.
  • Close lid and cook for 1 hour, then add 2 more handfuls of soaked wood chips on the fire.
  • Drizzle 1/2 the Aunt Sue’s® honey over the bird, and replace the foil.
  • Close the lid of the grill, and continue cooking 1 1/2 to 2 hours, or until internal temperature reaches 180 F in the thickest part of the thigh.
  • Uncover turkey and carefully turn it breast side up in the roasting pan.
  • Baste with remaining honey.
  • Leave the turkey uncovered, and cook 15 minutes.
Aunt Sue's Pro Recipe Tip: For every 1 cup of sugar, substitute 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey.
Aunt Sue's® Pro Recipe Tip: For every 1 cup of sugar, substitute 1/2 to 2/3 cup honey.

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