Smoked Turkey Breast is one of the best ways to prepare turkey. This easy poultry recipe keeps the meat tender and juicy, and it is perfect for sandwiches, salads, or even to cut up and put into soup.
Smoked Turkey Breast
This turkey is tender, juicy, and so versatile. Go ahead and make all the fixings for a sit down meal for dinner, or slice it up and there you have all you need for a loaded turkey sandwich!
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How do I smoke turkey breast?
There are as many opinions on this as there are brands of pellet grills these days. Some suggest brining, others skip the brine and just season the turkey breast liberally.
People have really strong opinions on pellets too. The different varieties of wood pellets from hickory to applewood to cherry.
The answere is, there is no one right answer.
The only really important thing is to smoke the breast at the right temperature and for the right amount of time so that your turkey doesn’t dry out in the process.
A temperature of 225-250 degrees is best and as far as time, I always stress the importance of a really good and reliable meat thermometer. The magic number is 165 degrees for turkey. Once it reaches the magic number you’ll want to let it rest for 10-15 minutes before slicing in.
Around 30-35 minutes per pound is the standard rule of thumb, but always go by temperature and not by time.
How should I slice this smoked turkey breast?
If you are going to be serving this with traditional turkey dinner fixings, you’ll want to slice your turkey breast in thick slices.
If you are going the sandwich route, slice it a bit thinner and grab some good rustic bread, slather on mayo and mustard, and then layer it up with lettuce, tomato, and cheese. Sliced smoked turkey makes a fabulous clubhouse sandwich. Bacon goes really well with smoked turkey!
Slice your turkey and keep it in containers to whip up lunches for school kids or for work. It’s more economical to make it yourself, and nice to know exactly what goes into your food and your body. Prepackaged and deli lunch meats are convenient, but we try and limit preservatives when we can. Besides that, food just tastes better when it’s made at home from scratch.
Try our Traeger Thanksgiving Turkey if you are feeding a crowd!
What should I serve with smoked turkey?
It’s great to have in the refrigerator just to munch on cold, or use in salads or soups. Every last leftover can be used in one way or another.
I have a few recipes to share with you right here!
I also have a must have recipe for Instant Pot Wild Rice and Mushroom Dressing if the whole spread is what you’re aiming for.
How do I store my leftover turkey?
If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, they keep well in ziplock baggies or containers with a tight seal in your refrigerator for 2-3 days. Beyond that you will want to use freezer bags and freeze your leftovers. Cooked turkey will keep in the freezer for 2-3 months.
Turkey is such a great meal to cook for your family and friends and leftovers are ALWAYS wanted. You can do so many things with leftover turkey that it’s no wonder everyone is asking for it again and again.
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- 1 turkey breast
- 1/8 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- Preheat your grill to 180°, or smoke mode on as close to 180° as you can get it.
- Rub your breast with oil, and season your turkey breast with salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning.
- Grill until the breast reaches 165°.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 60 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 11mg Sodium: 190mg Carbohydrates: 0g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 0g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g