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This Turkey Is Smokin'! - 12 recipes

Put a modern twist on the age-old practice of smoking turkey and other meats. Smoking preserves the turkey and enhances the flavor. Try smoking turkey with hickory, apple, cedar and more to create a protein-packed delicacy.

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By hcardall

Rate this recipe 4.6/5 (22 Votes)
Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast with Cider Bourbon Gravy 1 Picture
Details

Servings 4
Preparation time 480
Cooking time 720

  • BRINE:
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup whole black peppercorns
  • 4 cups cold bourbon
  • 1 1/2 gallons cold water
  • 1 (7-pound) turkey breast
  • TURKEY:
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons bourbon-smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Soaked applewood chips for smoking (our smoker calls for about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 cup water
  • CIDER BOURBON GRAVY:
  • The reserved turkey neck
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 shallots, diced
  • 1 small apple, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup bourbon
  • 2/3 cup apple cider
  • 2 cups cold low-sodium chicken stock
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

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From the brine, to the turkey rub, to the cider gravy, this Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast with Cider Bourbon Gravy...

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  • SOUTH-WESTERN RUB:
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  • 1 1/2 gallons cold water
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