Brian’s Grilled Whole Turkey
Serves 6 to 8
Prep time: 10-to-15 minutes; cooking time: 2 ½ to 3 hours

  • 1 (12 lbs.) turkey
  • Olive oil
  • ½ cup Rubbed Dalmatian Sage
  • 6 Tbsps. dried thyme
  • 3 rosemary sprigs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 apple (favorite variety)
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Smoke box (instructions below)


  1. Prep grill with smoke box for indirect medium-high heat.
  2. Remove giblets, neck from thawed turkey (cook giblets, neck or freeze them).
  3. Rinse turkey w/cold water; pat dry w/paper towels.
  4. Gently pull skin away from meat as much as possible around thighs, breasts, back, etc.
  5. In small bowl, mix sage, thyme together; spread mixture between skin and meat.
  6. Rub olive oil on top of skin; season w/Salt & Pepper.
  7. Cut apple, lemon in half and place them w/bay leaves, rosemary sprigs inside turkey cavity.
  8. Put turkey on grill breast side up; tent top w/foil.
  9. Grill about 15 minutes per pound; remove foil tent for last hour of grilling to brown bird.
  10. Rest turkey for 10-to-15 minutes; serve.

Smoke Box

  • 1 to 2 cups wood chips, damp (can purchase dry from local hardware store)
  • Large foil sheet


  1. Place wood chips in center of foil.
  2. Form smoke box by folding edges of foil together like envelope, so chips are enclosed.