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Smoked Turkey Breast Recipe

Brined and smoked turkey breast served with smoked turkey gravy.
Course dinner, Holiday
Cuisine American, barbecue
Keyword smoked turkey breast
Prep Time 1 day
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 4 people
Calories 197kcal
Cost $25.00


Turkey Brine

  • 4 quarts water
  • ¾ cup kosher salt
  • ¼ cup cane sugar
  • ½ red onion
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • 1 orange quartered
  • ¼ cup whole peppercorns

Smoked Turkey

  • 1 3-4 pound boneless turkey breast, not previously brined
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons poultry rub
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoons orange juice


Citrus Turkey Brine

  • In a large stock pot add water, salt, and sugar. Stir to incorporate the salt and sugar into the liquid. Add the remaining brine ingredients. Squeeze the citrus to incorporate the juice.
    Turkey Breast in a pot of citrus brine
  • Add the turkey breast to the brine, cover, and brine in the refrigerator overnight (or up to 24 hours).

Smoked Turkey Breast

  • Remove the turkey from the brine, and pat dry with a paper towel. Place, uncovered, into a refrigerator for 2 hours to allow the skin to dry.
  • Preheat smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit using a fruit wood, like cherry or apple. While smoker comes to temperature, remove the turkey from the fridge and coat in olive oil, and season liberally with dry rub.
  • Smoke the turkey for 2 - 3 hours, depending on the size of the turkey breast, or until the internal temperature of the turkey is 160 degrees F.
  • In a small bowl combine maple syrup and orange juice. When the turkey reaches 160 degrees brush the turkey breast with the maple orange combination. Remove the turkey from the smoker and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  • Slice and serve with your smoked gravy or favorite topping.


Smoked Turkey Gravy - Click here for an amazing smoked gravy. Perfect for the smoked turkey breast.


Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 21274mg | Potassium: 338mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 248IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 168mg | Iron: 3mg