Brined Holiday Turkey

Brine your way to the perfect turkey this holiday season. Achieve a pristine and succulent bird for the big feast with this easy recipe.

Smoked Bourbon & Orange Brined Turkey

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 3 Hours

Serves: 8 people


  • 1 Traeger Orange Brine And Turkey Rub Kit
  • 4 Quart Water
  • 1 Cup Bourbon
  • 1 (12-14 Lb) Turkey, Fresh Or Thawed
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter, Melted
  • 1 Tablespoon Grand Mariner Or Other Orange-Flavored Liquor


Mix Orange Brine seasoning (from Traeger Orange Brine & Turkey Rub Kit) with one quart of water. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add 3 quarts of cold water and bourbon. Refrigerate until completely cooled.

Place turkey breast side down in a large container. Pour cooled brine mix over bird. Add cold water until bird is submerged. Refrigerate for 24 hours. Remove turkey and discard brine. Blot turkey dry with paper towels.

Combine butter and Grand Marnier and coat outside of turkey. Season outside of turkey with Traeger Turkey Rub (from Orange Brine & Turkey Rub Kit).

When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 225˚F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.

Smoke turkey, breast up, for 2 hours.

Increase grill temperature to 350˚F and roast turkey until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the thigh reaches 165F, 2 to 3 hours, depending on size of turkey.

Let rest 20 to 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy!