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Don't Smoke An Oversized Turkey, Here Is An Easy Alternative

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  • Author: Kenyatta
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes


Thanksgiving might be around the corner or maybe you just have a craving for turkey. You don't have to smoke a full size bird to satisfy that craving. And let's be honest, smoking a full size turkey can be a huge task and sometimes the meat turns out to be dry and lacking in flavor.

If you don't need a full size bird and you want an easier task on the smoker, try smoking a turkey breast instead! Horn Barbecue has a fantastic recipe that produces a juicy turkey breast that is packed with flavor! There are just a handful of ingredients and a few basic steps to follow. I smoke the turkey breast over indirect heat at 325 degrees.

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  • One split (half) 3-pound turkey breast
  • 3 TBSP ground rosemary
  • 1 TBSP course ground black pepper
  • 1 TBSP Kosher salt
  • 1 TBSP smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic


1) Add the spices to a bowl or large shaker and mix them together

2) Spray the turkey breast with cooking oil like PAM, olive oil or avocado oil (this step is optional)

3) Season the turkey breast with the rub and let it sit in the fridge for up to 1 hour

4) Preheat your smoker to 325 degrees. Add wood chunks (or splits if cooking with an offset smoker) for smoke flavor. Hickory, oak or a fruit wood pairs well.

5) Cook until the breast reaches 165 degrees