As more and more Americans respond to “stay-at-home” orders and adjust to life mostly indoors, experimental cooking and homecooked meals have become staples of quarantine entertainment. In fact, New York Times food editor Sam Sifton told NPR the increase in family meals is one of the “precious few good things” to result from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Smoked whole Turkey on plate
Dr. BBQ’s Sherry Butter Turkey

Just as eating food brings people together, so does the process of creating a delicious meal. Although it is safe to stay this year’s summer may look a bit different than years past, there is nothing stopping consumers from thinking outside of the kitchen and embracing different cooking techniques, such as grilling, which just so happens to be turkey’s time to shine!

Recently, Turkey Smoke Spokeschef, Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe, fired up the smoker in a live social media demo featuring tips for smoking a moist, flavorful turkey just in time for Easter weekend. From proper thawing techniques to the delicate balance of flavors and spices, Dr. BBQ walked viewers through each step of the process of preparing a whole turkey right in your own backyard.

Not only were the results mouth-watering, but Dr. BBQ’s Sherry Butter Turkey demo also inspired others to try turkey, including Southern Living’s Robert Moss, who prepared a perfectly golden-brown smoked turkey breast. Other barbecue enthusiasts, such as The Smoke Sheet’s Ryan Cooper, took to social media to show off their holiday turkey pit-masterpieces.

The Easter holiday may be behind us, but grilling season is just getting started. Even if we have to stay in, you can still cook out! As the weather gets warmer, NTF is encouraging consumers to get turkey cooking over the coals no matter the occasion. For more grilling inspiration, head over to