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A Smoked Turkey That Will Make You Want to "smack Yo Mama"

Updated on August 29, 2014
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Smoked turkey

This is a recipe for a smoked turkey that will make you want to "smack yo mama," but don't try it she might smack back, LOL! Sorry, I'm not being irreverent, that's just an old southern saying, when something is really, really good.

If you don't have a smoker or have access to one, go buy one, NOW, because I guarantee you will want to, after you hear this. I've actually had people who say they don't like turkey,(because it's too dry), become instant turkey lovers. Once I threw a big shindig, and forget to bring out the turkey, because I always cook so many other things. Anyway, after everyone was completely stuffed, dessert and all, I brought out the turkey and just offered a taste, needless to say the turkey was devoured in less than an hour.

I actually have to make this for my friends, of course they supply the ingredients, and I'm happy to oblige. To be sure it is a process!

The recipe

There are numerous steps to this recipe, but if you follow them, I promise you will be a hit in your community. I've even toyed with selling them...........nah, too lazy now. Anyway here goes.

Turkey, (the size doesn't matter, but you'd better buy a big one)

Worcestershire sauce

Soy sauce

Teriyaki sauce

Hot sauce

That's it for the ingredients. Mix worchestershire sauce, soy sauce, and teriyaki sauce together. I have no measurements, but use enough to partially cover the turkey. As for the hot sauce, limit that, it's just for spice, maybe, 1/8 cup.

Thaw the turkey, (don't try this with a frozen turkey), got to spell it out for some (I'm just saying). Pour mixture over turkey, marinate overnight in the refrigerator, periodically turning and basting it. Remove turkey from mixture, saving the mixture. Smoke the turkey on top rack, depending on size, about three to four hours, (FYI: if you smoke a turkey, without all the steps that I outline, it takes between 8 & 12 hours, on the smoker alone), making sure the turkey is golden brown.

Remove turkey from smoker, and wrap in lots of heavy duty foil, pour about two cups of the mixture over the turkey, and return to smoker for another hour, turning it at least once.

Now here's the part that will make it unforgettable.Remove the turkey from the smoker, open the foil and add more mixture, re-wrap, and finish it in the oven, (about 350 degrees), while it is cooking, flip the foil wrapped turkey at least once. Depending on the size again, cook it for another two to three hours, or until it almost fall away from the bones. You will have a turkey that will..............well, as I said, make you want to "smack yo mama."

I want to hear success stories, not the smacking your mother part, LOL, but the being a hit part.

Oh, let me add this, if you don't know how to use a smoker, ask someone or after you buy it follow the instructions, if it has any. Or if you want, just contact me and I'll tell you how.


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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Oh yes Susan you will be in love, I guarantee it. Thanks for visiting, please come back.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This looks so good. Now I have to go out and buy a smoker. I really like turkey but I have a feeling after I try this recipe I will be in love :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Awesome back at you Peter, I wait with bated breath for your hub. Thanks for stopping, see you real soon.

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      Peter Allison 6 years ago from Alameda, CA

      Awesome hub! I'm smoking a turkey right now on a 21" Weber grill (and writing a hub about it, showing the steps). Wish me luck!

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Sorry thikchic, I've been away from my computer for a week. You certainly can use this recipe for any meat. As to how long it is to be cooked, I'll imagine it would take into account the size and type of meat. In other words I can't really say how long. I guess you'll just have to continue to test the meat throughout the cooking process. Thanks for the interest in the recipe, hope what you cook comes out great.

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      thikchic 6 years ago

      CAN I USE YOUR SMOKE TURKEY RECIPE FOR TURKEY PARTS ALSO AND IF SO HOW LONG WOULD I COOK TURKEY BREAST, WINGS AND LEGS FOR?

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      You know I never noticed the misspelled word until you called it to my attention, funny!

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Maybe next time I can learn to spell :-)

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      Hey justom thanks for stopping, I guarantee you'll enjoy it. But about the mother-in-law thing, you'd better weigh the consequences first. LOL!

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      I've smoked pork and chicken and never really thought about turkey. That smoked flavor. Oh my! I'll have to try this, good hub. Bye the wat can I slap my mother-in-law instead? :-)

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      This is a good time of the year to try my recipe, because turkeys are cheaper and more plentiful. Please let me know it you try it and how it turns out. Thanks for stopping. See you again soon.

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      Priscilla Chan 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      That looks so delicious! I never cooked a Turkey in my life. Every Thanksgiving,I buy one of those precook meal from the store, LOL. Now, it gives me a chance to try your recipe. Thanks,fastfreta!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Yum, that sounds good, Juliette. I'm curious how, long does a chicken take to smoke? I think that I added a chicken once after the turkey, but I didn't remember how long it took to completely cook. Thanks for letting me know that you tried it.

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      Juliette Morgan 7 years ago

      Hi fastfreta I did your lovely recipe on Sunday with a chicken (no room in my smoker for a turkey!) and it was heaven! We had the chicken left-overs last night, shredded with spring onions and hoisin sauce in wraps, and that was it gone! Thanks.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Juliette, Let me know once you try it, how you like it. And thanks for stopping, see you soon.

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      Juliette Morgan 7 years ago

      This recipe looks yummy, lovely as a foodie to find a really original recipe, definitely gets bookmarked!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks jamiehousehusband, I guarantee that you will love it. I don't have a particular brand of hot sauce. However you don't want to make it too hot, actually the hot sauce is just to add a little spice to the mixture. Let me know what you think after you make it. Thanks for stopping, please stop again.

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      Jamiehousehusband 7 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

      This is a fabulous recipe and I can't wait to try it-what brand/type of hot sauce do you recommend - I use Nandos hot sauce here in UK, but it is hot!

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      cosette 7 years ago

      please do come out of your writer's block. you're amazing! :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks cosette, hubbers like you inspire me. I am so experiencing writers block now, I have hubs in the hopper waiting to be finished, maybe with encouragement like this I can come out of it. Thank you for stopping by, please do stop again.

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      cosette 7 years ago

      hee hee i feel like i am reading a really good book. seriously, your writing style is fun and charming and i could see this hub being put in book form. off to read some of your other hubs. i thoroughly enjoyed this one. see, i'm smiling :D

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks tim-tim, I know what you mean. I'm about ready to smoke another one.Thank you for stopping over, see you soon.

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      Priscilla Chan 7 years ago from Normal, Illinois

      Oh boy! I only wish that you deliver! I cannot cook a turkey but really enjoy looking at that yummy Turkey. Thanks for sharing:)

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Actually Jaggs, you might have misunderstood the instructions, the marinade is cooked through and through during the whole cooking process. The final time it's used is before you put it in the oven for the final 2 to 3 hours. Also cooking, I would venture say, a few hundred of these, myself and others, no one has experienced any ill effects. Thanks for bring that up, because I think others might not understand the last part either. Thanks for stopping, please stop again.

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      Jaggs 7 years ago

      This sounds just wonderful and mighty tasty..I have one concern though...is it not a health risk to put marinade that has been used on raw poultry on the same bird that has been cooked. I really think it is.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks gonnawantseconds, you're right about So. Cal, however my brother use to do it in Ga. in the winter. Oh, yeah, I gotta check that out, so glad my mother does not live close to me. LOL! Thanks for stopping by, please come again soon.

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      gonnawantseconds 7 years ago

      This sounds like a great turkey for Thanksgiving! Love So Cal weather. Cooking outside is always doable! Hey check out my gingerbread whoopie pies. I'm telling you you're gonna want to slap your mama. Wink-wink

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks elisabethkcmo for stopping, by all means let's link.

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      elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

      fastfreta, love this recipe, can I add a link on my Thanksgiving recipe hub to direct readers to this hub?

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks habee, as I said before, I'm so computer illiterate that I don't know how to do that, but please do, and teach me, so I can do it in the future. Thanks in advance for the link. Congrats on your payout!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sounds great, FF! I have a hub on smoker tips. We should link our articles together!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Yes green light, please do try it, I guarantee that you will like it

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      green light 7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I am excited about this! A must-try!

      I hope we can pull this off at home..! Thank u so much for sharing this!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Blake, so I guess that says something about titles, they should be "catchy," huh. Thanks, I'll have to remember that.

      Thanks Simple Tim, it is as delicious as it sounds, please let me know if and when you try it.

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      Simple Tim 7 years ago

      hmmm...yummy! sounds delicious:)all of my favorite sauces in one recipe..this has got to be the ultimate recipe!

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      Blake Flannery 7 years ago from United States

      I love the title. I don't need a turkey recipe and I still checked this one out. Does that tell you anything?

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks AllMomNeed2Know, let me know if and when you do.

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      AllMomNeeds2know 7 years ago

      Fastfreta,

      Sounds yummy I'll have to try this recipe!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks all for stopping.

      ashleyr, now don't go "smacking yo mama," this is a warning, because it is that good! LOL!

      Go ahead febriedethan and give it a try, I promise you it is good.

      Yes Lady_E, please do give it a try and let me know how it turns out.

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      ashleyr24 7 years ago

      Mmmmmm . . . Sounds delicious! Can't wait to try it. But if it's really good, I hope I don't smack my mamma!! LOL!

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      febriedethan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      I can imagine the taste, wow you're really make me hungry ma'am, Thank you for sharing.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      mmmh, this sounds nice. I love smoked food. (smoked ham, smoked chicken, smoked tuna etc) They have a nice distinctive taste.

      I will have to try this one out with a friend. Its a bit 'A' Level for me. lol. If it goes wrong, I can always blame them. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Now watch out lewisbie, that you don't "smack yo mama." LOL! Seriously though, let me know how it turns out.

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      lewisbiel925 7 years ago

      This sounds sooo good fastfreta. I think I may just go out and buy a smoker NOW. :)

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Will do Linda, thanks for stopping by.

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      Linda Medrano 7 years ago

      Smack Yo Mama! I love that! Come on over to DC and read "Happy Turkey" for my tale of Thanksgiving! xxooLinda

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks all for stopping by. And DeBorrah, I've never smacked my mama either, that's why I'm here to talk about it, LOL. However that's one of our favorites sayings. When describing something that she cooked, she'd tell me it was so good that I'd want to smack her.

      PegCole, I think that it would work for any whole piece of meat, including chicken, let me know, if you do decide to use chicken, how it comes out.

      Hmrjmr1, I see someone has had the experience,

      So, Hello, hello, why don't you give it a try, and even if you still don't like it, you will be an instant hit with friends and family.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Fastfreta, Thank You! This sounds tasty. Smokers really are wonderful! I will try this. I will take you at your word. But I would have never "Smacked my Mama." LOL So I am sure it will be good.

      Blessings!

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      Peg Cole 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      This does sound really delicious. I love the fall-off-the bone part, nice and tender and spicy. I bet this would work for whole chickens too. Thanks for this great idea.

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      Hmrjmr1 7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Fastfreta- This is spot on! Nothing can top some good smoked Turkey on a cool day..

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I hate to say this but I never liked turkey but this sound like a real good one. Thank you.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thank you both. Veronica I will look forward to hearing about your experience.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks fastfreta. I think I just might try it. Our local store has turkeys on sale right now. I just bookmarked this.

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      sukhera143 7 years ago from Home

      Good hub.

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Hi Veronica, I don't know how it would be, I've never tried it, but give it a try. Actually the smokey taste is what I'm partial to. But you know there is something called liquid smoke, maybe that would work. If you do try it, let me know how it works.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      I don't own a smoker, could I just use the oven or would it not taste the same?

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks creativeone, I know you will love it.

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thanks fastfreta for a great recipe for smoked turkey. I can't wait to try it. thanks again for sharing. creativeone59