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Smoked Turkey Breast

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Making a juicy and flavorful smoked turkey breast is easy to do with the help of this recipe and a pellet grill. It makes for a wonderful and dinner entree and the leftovers make the best sandwiches.

Cutting board with knife slicing a peppery smoked turkey breast showing moist interior.

If you like smoked turkey, but don’t want to have to do the whole bird, a smoked turkey breast is for you. This version is peppery and simple but you can easily change out the seasonings to your favorite rub or poultry seasoning if you prefer.

It used to be that smoking meat was a complicated endeavor. You had to babysit the fire and watch the temperature to make sure everything was just so.

Ingredients including a boneless skinless turkey breast, butter, salt, pepper, and garlic powder, ready to make a smoked turkey breast.

Luckily, now that we have pellet smokers, smoking meat is pretty easy to do. The grill maintains the temperature for you and all you have to do is watch the time.

This smoked turkey breast gets plenty of time on the grates to get that yummy smokey flavor. Then you finish it off in a foil packet with butter to make sure it stays tender and juicy.

It is the best of both worlds and is sure to become a favorite. Once you get the method down, you can play with the flavors however you would like.

Do a more traditional turkey rub, or try a BBQ rub if you prefer. It is going to be delicious no matter the flavor profile you pick.

So whether you want to add a smoked turkey option to your Thanksgiving table, or you want to make turkey a year round staple, this is the recipe for you.

More Recipes to Try

Try serving slices of this turkey with some smothered green beans for a yummy side dish option. Or serve it with a cowboy salad if you are making it during the summer.

If you are looking for more smoker recipes, we have you covered. We just love doing BBQ pork steaks on the electric smoker, or try making a bacon explosion.

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Plate with slices of smoked turkey breast on it, ready to eat.

Smoked Turkey Breast

Servings: 5 Servings
Author: Carlee
This Texas style smoked turkey breast is a delicious and peppery option for your holiday table. Of course, anytime of year would be perfect for this juicy recipe. Tender and moist, this recipe will have everyone asking for more and it makes the best sandwiches too!
5 from 1 rating
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Resting time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 20 ounce boneless turkey breast
  • Tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1 Tablespoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup butter melted


  • Heat the smoker to 250℉.
  • Mix the seasonings together and sprinkle over the turkey breast, being sure to get both sides.
    20 ounce boneless turkey breast, 1½ Tablespoons granulated garlic, 1 Tablespoon coarse salt, 1 Tablespoon ground black pepper
  • Place on the smoker and cook for about 1½ hours or until the turkey hits an internal temperature of 150℉.
  • Remove breast and place it in a foil boat. Coat with melted butter and wrap tightly.
    ½ cup butter
  • Continue to cook for 15 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 160℉, then remove and rest for 15 minutes.
  • Slice and serve.


  • If your turkey comes already brined, cut the amount of salt in half.
  • Using 2 pieces of foil to wrap the turkey breast helps to ensure that no butter leaks out.
  • For the best presentation, place the smooth side of the turkey down when wrapping in foil and place it back in the smoker in the same way.
  • This recipe was developed on a pellet smoker, but also works on an offset smoker, or even a conventional oven. Nothing about the recipe needs to be changed, including temperatures.
  • Oak is a great choice of wood for this recipe, but fruit woods like apple and cherry are also good. 


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 25gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 1704mgPotassium: 322mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 313IUVitamin C: 0.03mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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