Smoked Turkey Breast

smoked turkey breast

Cooking a turkey breast is a great alternative to smoking a whole turkey for your Holiday meal. Plus it is easier than carving a whole bird and presents beautifully! 

This recipe was originally written with our beef rub, Holy Cow, which delivers a central Texas pepper forward punch. However, in 2022 we re-created this with our Texas Sugar that is also amazing with it's sweet heat southwestern flavor profile. We have videos on both cooks:

Holy Cow How To YouTube Video:

Texas Sugar How To YouTube Video:

Click here to get your brine + seasoning Turkey Combo.


  • 1 Turkey Lobe
  • 2 T, Duke's mayonnaise (Sub Duck Fat Spray or olive oil)
  • Meat Church Holy Cow (this is our beef rub which will make a very Central Texas flavor. Sub your fav Meat Church rub such as Texas Sugar, Honey Hog, Holy Voodoo or Gospel)


Optional Honey Glaze (trust me, this is the star of this recipe!)

    Thoroughly mix 1 contents of the package with 1/2 gallon of water or enough to completely submerse your turkey. You can also stir this in a pot over low heat to completely dissolve the contents. Be sure to allow the mixture to cool before proceeding to the next step.
    Place the turkey in a brine bag or food safe bucket. Fill the container with the brine and refrigerate for 6 hours or so. Remove turkey from brine, rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

    turkey breast

    Prepare your smoker
    Prepare smoker at a temperature of 275 degrees F. I recommend a medium smoking wood or pellet such as pecan, hickory or a fruit wood for this cook.
    Prepare the turkey
    Slater the turkey breast with the mayo. This will act as a moisture barrier and a binder for the season. You will NOT taste the mayo. TRUST me!

    Season the turkey all over with our Holy Cow. This pepper forward season will deliver you a Central Texas flavored turkey!

    turkey breast

    Smoke the turkey at 275 degrees, basting periodically with melted butter. 
    This cook will take approximately 1-2  hours depending on the size of the breast. We used a "lobe" which took 2 hours.

    smoked turkey breast

    Optional glaze: 
    While the turkey is cooking you can go ahead and prepare your glaze. Mix all glaze ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Reduce by 1/3. Remove from the heat and set aside. 

    Drizzle the glaze on the turkey for the last 15 minutes of the cook. I recommend doing this around 158 - 160 degrees internal temperature.

    turkey lobe

    Using an instant read thermometer, the turkey will be done when the internal temperature reaches at least 165 in the thickest part of the breast. The dark meat will be a higher temperature and that is ok.

    smoked turkey breast

    Let the turkey rest ~15 minutes depending on size. Carve and serve!

    Smoked turkey breast

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