How To Smoke a Turkey Breast

how to smoke a turkey breast




I want to show you how to smoke a turkey breast. As far as I am concerned, smoked turkey is the only way to properly prepare this bird. I always made the argument that if you actually liked turkey, we would have it more often than just Thanksgiving. With this recipe, you can. We brined the breasts overnight in an apple cider and then smoked it for half a day on our Traeger Grill.

This smoked turkey pairs great with our cider mimosa to round out this classic fall meal.

How to Smoke a Turkey Breast

I always made the argument that if you actually liked turkey, we would have it more often than just Thanksgiving. With this recipe, you can. We brined the breasts overnight in an apple cider and then smoked it for half a day on our Traeger Grill.

how to smoke a turkey breast

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle apple cider
  • 3/4 cup kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • a handful of fresh sage leaves
  • 1 garlic bulb cut open
  • 4 cups ice cubes
  • 2 turkey breasts

Equipment Needed

Instructions

Bringing cider, all herbs, salt, sugar, and cider vinegar to a boil in a large pot. Stirring occasionally.

brine for turkey

Once boiling, remove from heat and cool with the ice cubes. When the brine is cool, put your turkey in and let it sit overnight.

When you are ready to start smoking your turkey, pull the turkey out and pat it dry with paper towels. Smoke at 225 until the internal temperature reaches 165; about 4 to 5 hours.

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how to smoke a turkey breast

When the turkey is fully cooked, let it sit for 10 minutes so the meat reabsorbs the tender juices inside the breast before slicing.

smoked turkey breast

Slice the turkey into thin slices and serve. We split this day of smoking into two recipes. One for the turkey, and then we made a turkey pot pie for later in the week. Both were fantastic.

How To Smoke a Turkey Breast
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Serves: 2 breasts
 

A brined and moist turkey that is full of fresh herby flavor.
Ingredients
  • 1 bottle apple cider
  • ¾ cup kosher salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • a handful of fresh sage leaves
  • 1 garlic bulb cut open
  • 4 cups ice cubes
  • 2 turkey breasts

Instructions
  1. Mix all of the ingredients except for the ice cubes and turkey in a large pot. Bring to a boil.
  2. Cool the pot with the ice.
  3. Once cooled, place the turkey in the brine and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. Smoke at 250 degrees for 4 to 5 hours or until the internal temperature is 165.

If you liked this recipe, you should also check out our chicken wings.

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