This Thanksgiving I decided to do something a little different with the turkey. We’ve always baked the turkey in the oven every year, so I decided to smoke it instead. I’m the only one that eats turkey here, so I only did a split breast.
Rather than brining, marinating, or injecting like I usually do with poultry, I just kept it simple and rubbed it down with my favorite spice rub. A nice simple spicy crust on juicy tender turkey breast. And let me tell you, it turned out fabulous! A great Thanksgiving dinner to go with the football game!
Spice Crusted Turkey Breast
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
- 1 split turkey breast with ribs (app. 2.5 lbs.)
- Your favorite dry spice rub
- Thoroughly rinse the turkey breast. Remove all of the skin and rub the entire surface with an ample amount of your favorite spice rub.
- Start your smoker and get it settled in at around 250° F. Place the turkey breast on the rack and maintain the 250° in the smoker until the internal temperature of the breast reaches 155° F. using a digital thermometer.
- Note: This will be completely done, but still on the tender and juicy side. (I used plum wood for mine).
Here’s what the turkey looked like just before I pulled it off the smoker.