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smoked turkey breast with fruit grapes and herbs for garnish
Perfect Smoked Turkey Breast Recipe

Tender, juicy bursting with flavor smoked turkey breast recipe.

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: smoked turkey breast, smoked turkey rub
Servings: 12
Calories: 149 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 1 large turkey breast
  • 1 injection syringe
Turkey Rub
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic salt
  • 1 tbsp onion salt
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup room temp butter
Turkey Injection Marinade
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 fresh lemon juiced
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tso onion salt
  1. Thaw your turkey breast completely, rinse and pat dry. Mix your injection marinade ingredients together and fill syringe. Poke 1  hole and move the needle into different positions as you push out marinade into the turkey. Do this in different parts of the birds, making as little holes as possible with getting the marinade in as much of the bird as possible. 

  2. Take the soft or melted butter and rub all over the turkey, under the turkey skin and in the cavity. Mix the rub spices together and rub all over bird, in cavity and in under skin also. 

  3. Wrap turkey in cling wrap so it is completely covered and refrigerate 1 hour -24 hours. The longer the better! 

  4. Preheat smoker to 225 and add turkey, breast side up, to the smoker. Insert probe and close lid. Allow smoker temp to raise 350, but not over. The turkey need to come to an internal temp of 165 degrees. Once internal temp of 165 is reached remove from smoker, and let rest for 20 minutes. Carve and serve! 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

I used applewood pellets for this smoked turkey, the flavor was great!


Double the rub and injection marinade for a WHOLE turkey. Also plan on smoking a turkey about 30 minutes for every lb. 

Nutrition Facts
Perfect Smoked Turkey Breast Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 149 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 45mg15%
Potassium 218mg6%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 616IU12%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.