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Smoked and sliced cider brined turkey breast lined up on a wooden cutting board.
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5 from 22 votes

The Best Smoked Turkey Breast

Smoked Turkey Breast is flavorful and oh-so juicy! Cider brined turkey breast combined with a savory turkey rub or sweet rub make for a killer turkey breast.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time3 hours
Brining Time8 hours
Total Time11 hours 15 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoked Turkey Breast
Servings: 6 people
Author: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)


  • 1 4-5 pounds boneless turkey breast fresh, not previously brined
  • 1 Tablespoon Hey Grill Hey Sweet Rub or Turkey Rub (recipes in notes)

Cinder Brine

  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Hey Grill Hey Sweet Rub
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder


  • Make the brine. Combine all ingredients for the brine in a large bowl and whisk until the sugar and salt dissolve.
  • Brine the turkey breast. Submerge the turkey breast in the brine. Cover and refrigerate for 8-12 hours.
  • Preheat. Preheat your smoker to 275 degrees F. Apple wood goes great with this meat to compliment the apple cider.
  • Season. Remove the turkey breast from the brine and pat dry. Sprinkle the turkey breast on all sides with Sweet Rub or Turkey Rub.
  • Smoke. Place the turkey breast on the smoker, close the lid, and smoke for approximately 3 hours or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 165 degrees F.
  • Rest and enjoy. Remove the turkey from the smoker. Cover lightly with foil, let rest for 5 minutes, then slice and serve.



Calories: 93.9kcal | Carbohydrates: 20.45g | Protein: 1.21g | Fat: 0.73g | Saturated Fat: 0.28g | Cholesterol: 0.09mg | Sodium: 14.87mg | Potassium: 226.23mg | Fiber: 1.37g | Sugar: 11.85g | Vitamin A: 194.6IU | Vitamin C: 2.22mg | Calcium: 92.85mg | Iron: 2.95mg