Smoked Brown Sugar Turkey with a Sweet Bourbon Glaze

Smoked Brown Sugar Turkey With a Sweet Bourbon Glaze

15 mins
3 hrs

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.


For the Turkey

  • 1 5-7 pound turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • apple juice for spritzing

For the Glaze

  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons good bourbon


Step 1 Of 5
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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