Smoked Brown Sugar Turkey with a Sweet Bourbon Glaze in a Digital Electric Smoker

Smoked Brown Sugar Turkey with a Sweet Bourbon Glaze in a Digital Electric Smoker


A turkey breast is significantly smaller than a full bird and can be prepped and cooked a lot faster. With a quick rub of brown sugar and spice and a sticky glaze at the end, this smoked turkey breast is easy and opens oven space for the rest of your holiday feast.

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For the Turkey
5-7 pound turkey breast
cup brown sugar
tablespoon salt
teaspoon pepper
teaspoon cumin
teaspoon cayenne
teaspoon paprika
apple juice for spritzing
For the Glaze
cup pure maple syrup
tablespoons good bourbon



Prep your Digital Electric Smoker for smoking at 220°F with soaked wood chips.


Whisk the brown sugar, salt, pepper, cumin, cayenne and paprika in a bowl. Pat the turkey breast dry with towels and season liberally with the rub. Pat the rub to hold in place.


Arrange the turkey on the grate in the smoker and allow to smoke until it registers 165°F internal temperature, spritzing every 30 minutes with apple juice if desired. Remove the turkey and cover it loosely with foil to rest.


In a small saucepan over low heat, whisk the maple syrup and bourbon together. Allow to cook until thick and sticky.


Brush the sauce liberally over the turkey before slicing and serving.

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  • Test Run | Nov 15, 2017

    New to electric smokers so did a test run of this recipe before doing for Thanksgiving.
    YUP! A keeper, shared with 2 next door neighbors and they loved it as did we.

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  • Time | Nov 19, 2018

    About how long did smoking the turkey breast take?

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    • Char-Broil | Nov 19, 2018

      Hi, if you are smoking turkey breast you can expect it to take anywhere from 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165F.

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  • How long would it take to do a whole Turkey this way? | Nov 27, 2019

    Would like to try

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    • Char-Broil | Dec 3, 2019

      When smoking a whole turkey, plan for about 30 to 40 minutes per pound. Depending on the size, you’re looking at up to 6 hours or more. The best gauge for doneness is to cook it until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

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