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Smoked Herb Butter Turkey Recipe

A traditional take on a classic Thanksgiving turkey, with a little buttery twist.


  • 2 Sticks of Butter
  • Your favorite Herb mixture
  • Spray butter
  • Italian seasoning
  • Chicken Seasoning


To make herb butter, combine room temperature butter and herbs, mixing well. Lay out on wax paper and roll into tube. Freeze.

Preheat Silverbac to 200 degrees. Place turkey on. Work herb butter up under bird’s skin, being sure to get butter all over. Spray outside of turkey with butter and seasoning. Smoke at 200 degrees for 30 minutes, checking for color. Cook another 2.5-3 hours at 325 degrees until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Remove and serve.

Spices to Choose for Your Pellet Smoker Turkey Recipe

As you can see by looking over our recipe on how to smoke a turkey on a pellet grill, we give you total leeway when it comes to picking your seasonings. When making this herb butter rub for turkey, we recommend using your favorite selection of herbs. But what if you are just starting out? No problem. We have some suggestions for pulling together a delectable assortment of spices, so you can get started easily.

Over time, you may discover that you and your family like certain blends more than others. Have fun experimenting as you make every pellet smoker turkey. Try some of the following herbs in any combination:

  • Sage: While usually associated with turkey stuffing, sage can be included as a seasoning for the bird, too.
  • Rosemary: With its fresh, pungent flavor, rosemary lends plenty of flavor and tons of aroma to your turkey. You can literally smell the rosemary outside your smoker grill if you like to load it on. And when the turkey leaves your Silverbac? Well, waiting 20 minutes to dig in can be tough.
  • Basil: You might not normally turn to basil, especially fresh basil, for turkey. However, we insist you try it at least once. If regular basil seems too strong, try lemon basil for a lighter twist.
  • Oregano: This staple of the kitchen can go just about anywhere, including on your turkey. Mix it up with the rest of your herbs and spices for an Italian-inspired smoked bird.
  • Dill: If you want an unconventional flavor in your turkey, try dill. Typically associated with pickling, dill can temper the sweetness of the turkey meat. Just make sure not to overdo it unless you and your hungry guests are dill fanatics. A little dill can go a long way!
  • Black Pepper: While you are not going to grow black pepper in your garden, we love some fresh-ground black pepper on a big Thanksgiving turkey. Your grilled, smoked bird will take on just the right bite with a bit of pepper under the skin.

We’ve barely touched the surface of all the seasonings available to you. Get excited about smoking a turkey on your pellet grill and have a blast finding new tastes to infuse your meat. And make sure to use the best butter available — it makes a huge difference in the final product.

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