Thanksgiving Herb Roasted Turkey, low calories recipe for your smoker grill.

Great flavor, crisp skin…and simple, what else?

15 min3 hours8 people2/5 easy

Which is a good smoker to do it?


  • 8 Tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoon chopped mixed herbs, such as parsley, sage, rosemary or marjoam
  • 1/4 Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 12-14 lb turkey, fresh or thawed
  • 3 Tablespoon butter, melted
  • Poultry rub
  • 2 Cup turkey broth

Step by step

  1. in a small mixing bowl, combine the 8 tablespoons of softened butter, mixed herbs, salt and black pepper and beat it until fluffy with a wooden spoon.
  2. Remove any giblets from the turkey cavity and save them for gravy making, if desired. Clean the turkey under cold running water and dry with paper.
  3. Place it on a roasting rack in a roasting pan. Tuck the wings behind the back and tie the legs together with butcher´s string.
  4. Push some of the herbed butter underneath the turkey skin onto the breast halves, being careful not to tear the skin. massage the skin to evenly distribute the herbed butter. Rub the outside of the turkey with the melted butter and sprinkle with the poultry rub.
  5. Pour the broth in the bottom of the roasting pan.
  6. When ready to cook, preheat the smoker to 325ºF.
  7. Put the pan directly on the grill grate. Roast the turkey for 3 hours and then insert the probe from the meat thermometer in the thickest part of the tight, but not touching bone. Cook until internal temperature reaches 165ºF. At this stage, the turkey should also be beautifully browned with crisp skin. if the temperature is lest or you don´t get the colour you want just leave it 30 more minutes till is fully cooked.
  8. Now that it is done, carefully transfer it to a cutting board and let it rest for 25-30 minutes. Do not cover with aluminium or the skin will lose its crispness. Use the drippings that have accumulated in the bottom of the roasting pan to make gravy, carve the turkey and serve.

This is a classic turkey recipe, very easy and tasty. I have tried this using some Traeger rubs as the recipe comes from them but I strongly recommend that you try your favourite ones.