Smoked Brown Sugar Turkey With a Sweet Bourbon Glaze

15 mins
3 hrs
4-6

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.

Ingredients

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

Directions

Step 1 Of 5
1
Prep your Digital Electric Smoker for smoking at 220°F with soaked wood chips.
2
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.
3
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.
4
In a small saucepan over low heat, whisk the maple syrup and bourbon together. Allow to cook until thick and sticky.
5
Brush the sauce liberally over the turkey before slicing and serving.
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