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16 – 20-pound thawed turkey
3 Garlic Heads
6 Vidalia Onions (i.e. Yellow Onions)
2 Red Apples
4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
1 ⅓ Cups Kosher Salt
¼ Cup Whole Peppercorns
2 tablespoons Ground black pepper
1 tablespoon Onion Powder
2 tablespoon Garlic Powder
1 ½ tablespoons Garlic Salt
1 tablespoon Old Hickory Seasoning
2 ½ tablespoons Smoked Paprika
11 ¼ cups of Apple Juice (1.5 bottles)
1 cup White Vinegar
1 ¾ cups White Wine (Something Dry — Like Chardonnay)
¾ cups Honey
⅓ Cup Vegetable Oil


1 Small spool Butcher’s Twine
4 Wing Pins
1 Baster
1 Brining Bag, stockpot or bucket (large enough for whole turkey)
1 Aluminum Cooking Tray
*3 Handfuls – Wood Chips or chunks water soaked for 12 hours

The Brine:

Dissolve kosher salt in 4 quarts of boiling water. Then, add to your bucket or stockpot. Add 7 ½ cups (1 bottle) of apple juice along with 1 ¾ cups White Wine to bucket, bag or stockpot. Add one head or jar of minced garlic cloves. Chunk the 3 onions into fourths and add to the brine. Add ¼ cup of whole black peppercorns. Place the clean thawed turkey (BREAST SIDE DOWN) into the brine. Cover the pot (or bucket) and place in the refrigerator for 12+ hours.
*Soak wood chips in separate container of water then set aside for 12 hours while turkey is in the brine. After the 12 hours are up, remove the turkey from the fridge and dry it (thoroughly) with paper towels. Once dry, rub it down with a liberal amount of butter, covering the entire turkey.


Mix Seasonings together into a bowl
1 tablespoon Ground black pepper
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons hickory seasoning
Generously cover turkey with seasonings:
Then place the turkey in the aluminum pan (the previously mentioned tin pan).
Cavity Filling:
Stuff it with a 3 onions (quartered), 6 cloves garlic, and 2 apples (quartered and cored) Once Stuffed, tie turkey legs together with Butcher’s Twine (so the inner contents don’t spill out) and secure the wings to the turkey with the pins.

Prep Grill:

Heat the grill to 250°-275° and place the lava stone in the brackets.
NOTE: The grill will cool significantly once you place the bird on the grill, so this temp will drop quite a bit. The temp you want to maintain is 225° Before putting the turkey on the grill, sprinkle in wood chips and allow them to char before cooking.

Start Cook:

Once the grill is up to temp, place the turkey (still in the pan) on the top grate rack and close the lid. Leave for 1 hour.


Mix together 3 ¾ cups (1/2 bottle) of apple juice, ¾ cup of honey, and 1 ¾ cup of white vinegar along with ½ tablespoon of garlic salt. Baste the turkey after cooking for 1 hour. Repeat the basting every 2-3 hours for 12-13 hours.
→ In that time, make sure the temperature does NOT exceed 220°-225°.
→ NOTE: The meat will need to cook for roughly 30-40 minutes per pound.


After 12-13 hours, make sure the internal temperature of the thigh registers 165° and the breast registers 155°. Let the turkey rest for 45 minutes. After the allotted resting, it’s time to dig in and watch everyone’s reaction to this epic meal.

Happy Thanksgiving from Vision Grills!!!


  • Steve C. says:

    Why is the time and temp so dramatically different than the long standing Turkey Smoking recipe (Backyard Turkey) that has been posted on Visions website. The original called for 15-20 minutes per pound and this new one is twice as long at 30-40 minutes?! I was all prepared to follow the original and now I’m suddenly unsure. My planning is all thrown off.

  • Thank you for reaching out to us! We, as a company, were looking to provide our customers with more options for smoking a turkey. This is why we didn’t replace the old recipe, we just added a new one. As for the differences, basically, they’re for two separate conditions.

    ‘Backyard Turkey’ is an old, trusted recipe for us and resembles a grilling experience more than a long smoke. Also, it is geared toward birds that weigh 12-14 lbs. Furthermore, the temp is quite a bit higher, coming in at 275°-300°F. Essentially, it’s less meat at a higher temp, which makes for a shorter cook.

    As for the ‘How to Smoke a Turkey’ recipe, this is a new, alternative take; a classic long, smoking recipe. Also, it is intended for a larger bird, around 20+ lbs. What’s more, this recipe is set at a much lower temp, coming out to be 220°-225°F. In this case, you’re looking at more meat at a lower temperature, resulting in a longer cook.

    Both are great recipes and will serve you well. Essentially, you’re good either way you go.
    We encourage you to also check out other, online sources to confirm our directions, if you still feel either confused or concerned. (Site #1: | Site #2: | Site #3: | Site #4:

    If you have any further questions, please feel free to also reach out to our Customer service department: 877-917-4273 or

  • Reggie says:

    When you smoke for this long do you have to add additional charcoal to the Vision Grill during the cooking? If you do approximately when would you expect to have to do it?

  • Thank you for the question! In short, no; if you are using lump charcoal and are maintaining those low temperatures, then you should be perfectly fine with the amount you initially put in the grill. Just make sure you fill the charcoal up about an inch past the Fire Bowl’s air holes. If you have any further questions, please feel free to also reach out to our Customer Service Department: 877-917-4273 or

  • Karl says:

    Where’s the smoked paprika and onion powder go in the rub or baste

  • Steven says:

    Q. Where does the 1/3 cup vegetable oil go and also where does the smoked paprika go?
    Thank you!

  • Joe fletch says:

    Where does the 1/3 cup of vegetable oil go? In the baste maybe? I never did see a reply on Karl’s question on where the smoked paprika & onion powder go?

  • Joe fletch says:

    Where does the 1/3 cup vegetable oil, smoked paprika, & onion powder go?

  • Barry says:

    I smoked a butterball turkey for thanksgiving this year. I used the brine defined in the Weber Virtual Bulletin Board for a butterball turkey as an injection. I had to inject as the bird wasn’t thawed in time to do a brine.

    I used the Amazing Ribs herb mix and made a compound butter as described on the site and followed the preparation instructions. The smoking wood was apple and temperature was 300 degrees. The turkey was 12.5 lbs. It took just over 2 hours to reach the proper temperatures in the breast and legs.

    The finished result was a turkey that came out remarkably beautiful. The skin was crisp. The meat was moist and tasted great. My kids have been raving about the bird. What makes this story really interesting is that I had just gotten my grill and this was only the second cook; the first was a chicken breast used to test the grill. This was a learning experience in that the result was great in spite of the bad startup. I’m convinced that using one of the Vision grills is the way to go. It sure helps to hide the ineptitude of the pitmaster. 😉

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