Great recipe! I bought the smallest Traeger smoker 2 months ago so I experimented tonite with this recipe. I had a horrible experience 3 yrs ago w/ a $30 fresh turkey, brine and roast recipe, so I wanted to give my Traeger a try w/ a $5 Safeway turkey (13 lbs). HOMERUN, awesome turkey...for $5. The $2.50 foil pan I bought fit perfectly.
I followed 95% of recipe; thawed the tukey in the fridge, rinsed, & patted dry...rubbed w/ olive oil, minced garlic & poultry seasoning on the outside. I placed the turkey in the pan & added 2 T of butter, the onion, apple, minced garlic, and about 4 c of diet coke in the cavity. I loosely sealed the edges of pan w/ heavy foil. I turned on smoke for 5 minutes with the lid open to get it started, & then closed the lid & heated on high for 10 minutes. The temp at that time was about 300 degrees.
I placed the pan on the grill & closed the lid...and kept the smoker on high for 15 minutes. I then turned to medium and continued to go outside to admire the great aroma.. The temp remained around 225 when on medium. Short on time, I alternated between high and medium heat (the temp alternated between 225-300 degrees). At 2 hrs, I basted the turkey w/ butter...it was browning beautifully. I recovered & continued cooking for a total of 4 hrs; unbelieveably moist, fall off the bone, turkey. Can't wait to try again...I will cook on low next time for duration, and skip the basting... Truly the most moist(est) turkey I have every prepared!
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Great recipe! I bought the smallest Traeger smoker 2 months ago so I experimented tonite with...