Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes
Yield: Serves 10 to 12
- 1 8-10 pound turkey
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons fresh basil, snipped
- 2-3 tablespoons orange zest
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 3-4 cups hickory wood chips
Combine butter, basil, orange peel, salt, and black pepper in a small bow until thoroughly mixed; set aside.
Remove giblets from turkey. Lift turkey skin and apply butter mixture evenly underneath. Tie drumsticks together with string. Place turkey in a large roasting pan and brush all over with olive oil.
Preheat grill. Drain wood chips and place on coals. If using a gas grill, follow manufacturer's directions. Place roasting pan with bird inside on grill rack. Cook for 3 hours on medium heat, or until internal temperatures reach 185 degrees. Remove from heat, cover with foil, and let stand for 15-20 minutes.