Maple-Planked, Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast

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Mmmm. I love turkey.  It’s a beautiful meat that needs to come to your plate more often than its once-a-year appearance at Thanksgiving.  And it’s easier to buy the rest of the year. No elbowing each other out of the way at the grocery store for a bird in August. The check-out clerk may even give you a funny look.

And wrap it in bacon? Super-lean turkey, wrapped with luscious fatty bacon? I think we can all agree that’s a good idea.

Get your gobble on with this super easy recipe that everyone in your family will love. Plus the leftovers on a sammie are amazing the next day.

The trick to this recipe is planking – not that wacky laying-down game, but a fun way to use an aromatic slab of wood to infuse flavor into a wide variety of meats and even veggies. I soak all of my planks in water for a minimum of two hours before use. You can find planks at many outdoor and athletic stores or order them online.

I’ve also tossed in a favorite brine recipe to help you get started. Enjoy!

Brine Recipe

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the 1/4 cup salt, 1/4 cup sugar, and 4 cups hot water.
  2. Whisk vigorously until salt and sugar have dissolved.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool.
  4. Pour brine over pork or poultry.
  5. Marinate for several hours for chicken or overnight in the refrigerator for pork roasts or a turkey.
  6. Before smoking, rinse the meat’s surface and pat it dry.
    NOTE: The meat should be fully submerged in the brine; make more brine by converting the recipe as needed.

Maple Planked Bacon Wrapped Boneless Turkey Breast Recipe

Maple Planked Bacon Wrapped Boneless Turkey Breast

Maple Planked, Bacon Wrapped Boneless Turkey Breast

Prep Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 1 brine recipe (above)
  • 2 skinless, boneless turkey breasts (approximately 1½ pounds each)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 pound thinly cut bacon
  • 2 wood planks, soaked in water for two hours
  • 1/4 cup amber maple syrup


  1. Brine the turkey breasts for 2 hours.
  2. Preheat the grill to medium high.
  3. Remove the breasts from the brine and pat dry. Discard the brine.
  4. Season the turkey breasts with salt, pepper and poultry seasoning.
  5. Wrap each breast with a half pound of bacon, tucking the ends under the thinner parts of the turkey breast.
  6. Place each breast on a soaked plank.
  7. Grill for approximately one hour, or until the internal temperature of the turkey is 165°F.
  8. Glaze with maple syrup for the last 5 minutes and rest the turkey for 10 minutes prior to carving.


10 thoughts on “Maple-Planked, Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast

  1. Where did you get those wood planks? They look like something I would love to use! I usually use store bought cedar planks that don’t look anything like that.

  2. There is no “Brine Recipe” in this article. It says in two different place it is included, but I do not see it?

    “1 brine recipe (above) ”

    “I’ve also tossed in a favorite brine recipe to help you get started. Enjoy!”

  3. Well it seems you forgot the brine recipe , or, it was never posted in this link, or my computer skills suck,, In any case could you post it please, and Im betting this would be really good smokes with maple wood too.
    Thanks much

  4. From a seasoned smoker user. The first thing you do with any wood is take the bark off. It will make the meat taste bitter.

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