Smoked Garlic Herb Butter Turkey (Keto +Whole30)

The perfect Smoked Garlic Herb Butter Turkey that can be on the dinner table in 3 hours. The turkey is covered in ghee, fresh sage, rosemary, thyme, Italian seasoning and salt/pepper. Whole30, Keto, Paleo and Gluten Free.

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It’s not Thanksgiving unless you have a big beautiful turkey sitting in the middle of your dinning room table. My Smoked Garlic Herb Butter Turkey is game changer. It can be prepared and finished and on the table in 3 hours. Not only is it delicious, but it’s Whole30, Keto, Paleo and Gluten Free.

WATCH THE FULL HOW TO VIDEO FOR THIS RECIPE BELOW

When I first got married, I remember being terrified of cooking a turkey around the holidays. I was convinced that it was going to take hours of preparations and hours to cook. That is so false! Cooking a turkey is super simple and even easier on the smoker. If you have a Traeger or a smoker, it’s time to pull it out and utilize it.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR THIS SMOKED GARLIC HERB BUTTER TURKEY

  • 10-14 pound turkey
  • Ghee
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Italian Seasoning
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • Salt/pepper
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HOW TO SMOKE

Set the smoker temperature to 350F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. Place the turkey in the sink and clean out the cavity of the bird. If you want to use the neck and giblets, click here for my Paleo Giblet Gravy recipe. Cut the tailbone off the bottom of the turkey and rinse. Place on a cutting board and pat the whole turkey dry with a paper towel.


Chop the herbs and transfer to a small mixing bowl along with 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper and 1 cup of ghee at room temperature. Mix together with a spoon until combined. Spread the butter mixture under the skin of the turkey, the turkey breast and any other places you can get to on the turkey. Feel free to use a knife to sperate the skin from the muscle. This will make adding the butter under the skin much easier.

Once the butter is covering the turkey, sprinkle the other 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper over the top of the turkey along with the Italian seasoning. Place the turkey on the grill and cook for 3 hours. Be sure to check the internal temperature around 2 1/2 hours (just to check the temperature). The final temperature should be 175F in the thigh and 160F in the breast. Remove from the grill, carve and enjoy.

TIPS FOR THE BEST SMOKED GARLIC HERB BUTTER TURKEY

  • Thawing: Read thawing instructions carefully. Refrigerated thawing time will be days and the duration will be based on how large the turkey is. Be sure to be prepared to thaw your turkey correctly.
  • How I thaw: I usually put our turkey in a large pan with water and place in the refrigerator to thaw for a couple days. Thawing time will depend on the size of the turkey.
  • Refer to the Butterball website for cooking times and oven temperature recommendations. They have great tips for turkeys.
  • Don’t throw out the bag of giblets and neck. Throw that in a pot and make my Southern Giblet Gravy.
  • Under the Skin: Make sure to add seasoning and butter under the skin of the turkey. This will ensure you get a juicy turkey.
  • Seasoning & Rub: Don’t under season. Make sure to season the entire turkey liberally.
  • Digital Thermometer:  Using a proper smoking thermometer will read more quickly and accurately than a traditional “dial” one or those “turkey poppers” your butcher gives you. I use the one that is attached to my Traeger, but if you want another option, click here.

SHOP MY POST

As for a smoker, I highly suggest investing in a Traeger. They are seriously life changing. I have to the Pro Series 780, which has WIFI and connects to your phone. It’s more expensive than the Pro 22, but well worth it.

When smoking a turkey, I always use the Signature Traeger Pellets. Cherry or apple are really great options too.

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Smoked Garlic Herb Butter Turkey (Keto +Whole30)


  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 810 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

The perfect Smoked Garlic Herb Butter Turkey that can be on the dinner table in 3 hours. This turkey is covered in ghee, fresh sage, rosemary, thyme, Italian seasoning and salt/pepper. Whole30, Keto, Paleo and Gluten Free.


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Ingredients

  • 1014 pound turkey
  • 1 cup ghee, room temperature 
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh sage
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coarse pepper

Instructions

  1. Set the smoker temperature to 350F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. Place the thawed turkey in the sink and clean out the cavity of the bird. Cut the tailbone off the bottom of the turkey and rinse. Place on a cutting board and pat the whole turkey dry with a paper towel.
  2. Chop the herbs and transfer to a small mixing bowl along with 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper and 1 cup of ghee at room temperature. Mix together with a spoon until combined.
  3. Spread the butter mixture under the skin of the turkey, the turkey breast and any other places you can get to on the turkey. Once the butter and herbs are covering the turkey, sprinkle the other 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper and the Italian seasoning over the turkey.
  4. Place the turkey on the grill and cook for 3 hours. Be sure to check the internal temperature around 2 1/2 hours (just to check the temperature). The final temperature should be 175F in the thigh and 160F in the breast.
  5. Remove from the grill. If desired add 3 tablespoons of melted ghee to a bowl with 2 garlic cloves pressed and mix together. Using a basting brush, dip in the garlic ghee and brush over the turkey before serving.  
  6. Carve and enjoy.

Notes

  • If you can’t find fresh herbs, feel free to sub dried. 
  • Feel free to use a knife to sperate the skin from the muscle. This will make adding the butter under the skin much easier.
  • If you want to use the neck and giblets, click here for my Paleo Giblet Gravy recipe.
  • Nutrition is calculated for a 1o pound turkey.
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Smoker
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 302
  • Sugar: 0
  • Sodium: 554
  • Fat: 20
  • Carbohydrates: 1
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 26
  • Cholesterol: 134

Keywords: Smoked Turkey, Smoked Garlic Herb Butter Turkey, Turkey, Thanksgiving, Healthy Thanksgiving, Paleo, Whole30, Keto

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Comments (2)

  • I’m excited to make this on Thursday, thanks for sharing the recipe! I’m guessing the answer is no but wanted to double check (first time making a big turkey), does this require any Brining?

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    • I do not do not brine mine. Hope you love the recipe!

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