Cook Your Best Holiday Turkey: Supplies and Equipment Guide

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Are you getting ready to cook your first turkey? Or looking for ways to improve your smoked turkey technique? Here is a list of all the supplies and equipment we use to cook a turkey so you can get up and running quickly.

Do you need help cooking your holiday turkey? We believe amazing barbecue is not just for celebrities. Visit our store for everything you need to cook outdoors, including free and friendly advice from fellow barbecue enthusiasts. Call us at (717) 355-0779 or visit us at 140 W Main Street in New Holland, PA.

Purchase the Turkey

If you're cooking turkey only once a year, it only makes sense to invest a bit of extra effort into making it the best you can! The first step in cooking an incredible holiday turkey is by choosing a Nicholas turkey from Fossil Farms.

  • These turkeys are raised humanely in free-roaming environment. 
  • They are 100% natural and were fed a vegetarian diet of farm-local corn, rye, oats, alfalfa and soybean meal.
  • They are raised to the specifications of the “Never Ever Program”, where antibiotics, hormones and steroids are never used. 
  • They are minimally processed, which means they are perfect for brining, putting you in control of how salty you make them.

In summary, these turkeys are not only exceptionally tender and juicy, but also clean, so you can be confident about the meat you serve around your holiday table. Our customers have shared rave reviews about these turkeys, and I'm confident you'll be blown away by the quality of these if you follow the method below.

We carry these whole turkeys from Fossil Farms over the Thanksgiving holiday and are taking orders now. The price is $3.99/pound for fresh turkeys. Choose between 12-14 pound or 16-18 pound whole turkeys.

Step 1: Order a Nicholas Turkey

To place an order for Nicholas turkeys, email Matt at matt2122@meadowcreekbbqsupply.com, call us at (717) 355-0779, or visit our store at 140 W Main Street in New Holland, PA.

Brine the Turkey

Brining is the best way to uniformly pull salt into the meat and tenderize the meat, which makes it easier to fully cook the turkey without making parts of it too dry. The easiest way to do a wet-brine is with the Briner Bucket. The dandy gadget has a height-adjustable lid for keeping the turkey submerged and the liquid contained.

We recommend the Oakridge Game Changer Brine mix.

Or Inject the Turkey

If you don't have time to brine or just prefer injecting, this is a good method for pumping flavor and moisture into the meat.

Butcher BBQ Bird Booster makes a delicious injection! Mix it according to the directions on the container and inject the meat with an injector such as the one listed below.

  • Butcher BBQ Bird Booster Honey Injection

    $17.99
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  • Big Green Egg – Stainless Steel Injector

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  • Butcher BBQ Bird Booster Chipotle Injection

    $17.99
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Season the Turkey

We recommend one of these three barbecue seasonings on turkey. Dizzy Pig's Mad Max is excellent, and Meadow Creek Gourmet Seasoning is a great choice too. If you want a little bit of kick in the seasoning, use Kosmos Dirty Bird.

Season the entire surface of the turkey and the cavity. Loosen the skin between the legs and work some seasoning into the thigh area under the skin.

Do you need help cooking your holiday turkey? We believe amazing barbecue is not just for celebrities. Visit our store for everything you need to cook outdoors, including free and friendly advice from fellow barbecue enthusiasts. Call us at (717) 355-0779 or visit us at 140 W Main Street in New Holland, PA.

Got a Smoker?

There are many types of smokers that work for cooking a turkey, including Big Green Eggs, offset smokers, pellet grills, drum smokers, electric smokers, and even gas grills. In case you don't already have a smoker, here are a few great choices. Visit our showroom for a wide selection of smokers on display.

  • Meadow Creek SQ36 Barbeque Smoker

    $1,495.00 (add-ons in photos not included)
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  • YS640s Pellet Grill

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  • Daniel Boone Green Mountain Grill

    $499.00
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  • Large Big Green Egg

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Fire the Smoker

We recommend smoking turkeys with pecan wood.

  • Offset smokers: log splits. Pecan log splits are hard to find around here so we often don't have it in stock, but we carry cherry and apple splits, which are both good choices for poultry.
  • Pellet smokers: 20-pound bags of BBQr's Delight pellets.
  • Kamado style cookers, such as Big Green Egg, or small charcoal smokers: wood chunks.
  • Gas or electric smokers: wood chips or the A-MAZE-N Cold Smoker (see below) and pellets (we also carry 1-pound bags).
  • Gas grills: A-MAZE-N Cold Smoker (see below) with BBQr's Delight pellets.

We also carry both briquettes and lump charcoal for you who own a charcoal smoker.

Smoke Generators

If you are smoking your turkey on a gas grill, use one of these. Or if you have a gas or electric smoker and want more smoke flavor than what the smoker produces, this is a great solution too.

  • A-maze-n 12-18″ Expanding Tube Smoker

    $36.99
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  • A-maze-n 5×8 Maze Smoker

    $31.99
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Do you need help cooking your holiday turkey? We believe amazing barbecue is not just for celebrities. Visit our store for everything you need to cook outdoors, including free and friendly advice from fellow barbecue enthusiasts. Call us at (717) 355-0779 or visit us at 140 W Main Street in New Holland, PA.

Temperature Controllers

Are you running a charcoal smoker? These handy gadgets automate temperature control in the pit.

The Flame Boss has a probe for monitoring three meats and can be connected to Wifi for recording and monitoring the cook. It gives you temperature alerts and graphs of past cooking logs. 

The Genius is a Big Green Egg controller that connects wirelessly to a mobile app. It has similar functionality as the Flame Boss FB500 (in fact it uses the Flame Boss server), but is controlled completely from a mobile app or computer.

  • Flame Boss FB500 Wifi Kit

    $349.00
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  • Big Green Egg – Genius

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Thermometers

One of the keys to cooking your best turkey is to fully cook it without overcooking it. To read the internal temperature of the meat, you can either use a hand-held instant read thermometer (the Thermapen is an excellent choice) or a leave-in probe, such as the Thermoworks DOT or Smoke.

  • ThermoWorks Dot

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  • ThermoWorks ThermoPop

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  • ThermoWorks Smoke

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  • ThermoWorks Classic Thermapen

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  • ThermoWorks Thermapen MK4

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Frying Your Turkey

If you prefer your turkey fried, we've got you covered too!


  • Backyard Pro – Stainless Steel Turkey Fryer Kit

    $134.99
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Rotisserie Grilling

Do you love the magic of meat turning on a spit? Try the JoeTisserie on your Big Green Egg!

Making Gravy

Don't forget the gravy. This gadget makes it easy to remove the fat from the drippings.

  • Fox Run – Gravy and Fat Separator

    $29.99
    Add to cart

Do you need help cooking your holiday turkey? We believe amazing barbecue is not just for celebrities. Visit our store for everything you need to cook outdoors, including free and friendly advice from fellow barbecue enthusiasts. Call us at (717) 355-0779 or visit us at 140 W Main Street in New Holland, PA.

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