Forget everything you know about roasting a turkey in the oven. A turkey is best prepared on a grill. Follow the instructions below for the perfect, succulent, smoky, rich and moist flavor that a turkey is meant to have.
Be sure to remove the giblets from the turkey. Rinse the inside and outside of the turkey with cold water. Mix 2 tablespoons of kosher salt with 2 teaspoons of black pepper and rub inside and outside of the turkey. Place the turkey in the refrigerator, uncovered, for 12 hours. Soak 4-6 large handfuls of wood chips for at least 1 hour. I like to use mesquite wood, but you can also use hickory. Take the turkey out of the refrigerator and let it stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Brush the breast, legs, and wings with butter. Chop 1 onion, 3 carrots, and 3 stalks of celery and place them in a foil pan. Add 1 teaspoon rosemary, 1 teaspoon thyme, 1 teaspoon sage, and 2 cups chicken broth to the pan. Place the turkey breast-side down over the broth and copped vegetables.
Place 15 or so charcoal briquettes on each side of the grill and light them. The idea is to cook the turkey with indirect heat and at a temperature of about 375 degrees. Once the coals ash over, put one handful of wood chips on each pile of briquettes, place the pan on the grill, and cover. Every 30 minutes add more wood chips to the coals and every 45 minutes add another 12 charcoal briquettes to each pile. After an hour has passed, flip the turkey so it is facing breast side up. You may have to cover the wings and the legs with aluminum foil near the end of the cooking process if they start to get a little dark. The turkey will take about 11 minutes per pound to cook thoroughly, but be sure to check for an internal temperature of 170 degrees before removing it from the grill. Let the turkey stand for about a half hour before carving. You will still have broth and drippings in the bottom of the pan, as well as the chopped vegetables which can be strained for more juice. You can use the broth, drippings, and juice to make gravy if you wish (highly recommended).
Taste. Savor. Experience this crowning achievement of mankind: the perfectly prepared turkey.