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Indulge in a Delicious Smoked Texas Style Turkey Breast – The Perfect Addition to Your Holiday Feast! This savory, pepper-infused smoked turkey breast isn't just for special occasions; it's a year-round crowd-pleaser that will leave your guests asking for more.

Smoked Texas Style Turkey Breast

What you'll love about this recipe:

  • Simple to Prepare: Despite its gourmet appeal, this Smoked Texas Style Turkey Breast recipe is straightforward, making it accessible to cooks of all skill levels.
  • Healthy Option: Lean smoked turkey breast as the star ingredient offers a nutritious alternative to other meats.
  • Year-Round Versatility: Perfect for holidays and beyond, this Turkey Breast recipe is a hit for any occasion or season.

Smoked Texas Style Turkey Breast

Smoked Texas style turkey breast is the perfect holiday meal. The process of smoking transforms the turkey breast into a masterpiece of taste and tenderness, making it a sought-after recipe for both holidays and every day meals.

The key to a perfect smoked turkey breast lies in the preparation and cooking techniques. A well-balanced rub, typically consisting of salt, pepper, and garlic , is rubbed onto the meat to infuse it with flavor before it even hits the smoker.

The choice of pellets—be it hickory, apple, cherry, or mesquite—enhances the flavor, lending subtle nuances that can complement or boldly define the turkey breast.

Smoking the turkey breast at a low and slow pace allows the meat to cook evenly, retaining its moisture and tenderness, while absorbing the smoky flavors that make this dish uniquely compelling.


Texas Style Smoked Turkey Breast Side Dishes

Are you looking to enhance the savory allure of Texas style smoked turkey breast? Look no further.

No Texas barbecue feast is complete without Traeger smoked stuffing. Made with a blend of hearty bread, aromatic herbs, and savory spices, this stuffing is infused with the rich, smoky flavor that only a Traeger grill can impart. With each bite, you're transported to a rustic Texas ranch, where the scent of smoked wood fills the air and every bite is a taste of home.

Next up is the loaded baked mashed potato casserole, a decadent twist on a classic side dish. Creamy mashed potatoes are loaded with crispy bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, and chopped green onions, then baked until golden and bubbly. The result is a dish that's equal parts comforting and indulgent, providing the perfect complement to the smoky turkey breast.

For a lighter option with a Texas twist, the InstaPot cauliflower fried rice is a revelation. With the convenience of the InstaPot, this dish comes together in no time, making it a hassle-free addition to any barbecue spread.

No Texan feast would be complete without a show-stopping centerpiece, and the fabulous French fry board certainly fits the bill. From classic ketchup to tangy barbecue sauce, there's something for everyone to enjoy as they dig into this crowd-pleasing side dish.

Finally, for a sweet ending to the meal, indulge in apple pie taquitos. Tender flour tortillas are filled with a sweet apple pie filling, then deep-fried until golden and crispy. Served warm and dusted with cinnamon sugar, these bite-sized treats are the perfect way to round out a Texas-style barbecue feast, leaving guests satisfied and dreaming of their next visit to the Lone Star State.

Ingredients you'll need for Smoked Turkey Breast

To get started making this recipe, you'll first want to gather all your ingredients.

Smoked Texas Style Turkey Breast Ingredients

Here is what you'll need:

Equipment You'll Need:

You can cook this smoked turkey breast in your oven if you don ‘t have a smoker!

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Heat the smoker to 250 degrees.

Step 2: Sprinkle the entire turkey breast with each seasoning. Start with the salt. 

Sprinkle turkey Breast with Seasoning

Step 3: Place the turkey breast in the smoker and cook for about 1 ½ hours or until the turkey hits an internal temperature of 150 degrees. If you don’t have a smoker, place your turkey in the oven.

Place Turkey Breast on Smoker

Step 4: Remove the breast and place it in a foil boat. Coat with melted butter and wrap tightly.

Place Turkey Breast in Foil

Step 5: Continue to cook for 15 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 160 degrees, then remove and rest for 15-30 minutes. Slice and Enjoy!

Bake Until Internal is 160
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Tips & Tricks

  • Experiment with Wood Chips: Different types of wood chips (like hickory, apple, or cherry) can add unique flavors to your smoked turkey breast. Don't be afraid to mix and match to find your favorite combination.
  • Monitor Temperature Closely: Use a meat thermometer to ensure the turkey breast reaches the safe internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) without overcooking.
  • Save the Drippings: Collect any drippings from the smoker to create a flavorful gravy or sauce that complements the smoked turkey breast perfectly.
Smoked Turkey Breast

In summary, the Smoked Texas-Style Turkey Breast recipe is your go-to for an unforgettable holiday meal.

With its juicy tenderness, bold peppery flavor, and simple step-by-step guide, it promises to impress your guests and elevate your festive table.

Perfect for any occasion, this recipe not only delivers on taste but also on the joy of cooking and sharing a meal crafted with love.

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FAQs about Smoked Turkey Breast

Brining is optional but recommended for enhancing moisture and flavor. A simple brine can be made with water, salt, and your choice of seasonings.

Reheat it in a covered dish in the oven at a low temperature, like 275°F, and add a bit of broth or water to the dish to help maintain moisture.

Yes, smoked turkey freezes well. Slice it, wrap it tightly, and store it in freezer bags or an airtight container for up to 3 months for the best quality.

Smoked Texas Style Turkey Breast


Smoked Texas Style Turkey Breast
This Texas-style smoked turkey breast recipe delivers succulent, flavorful meat with a perfect balance of smokiness and tenderness. Marinated in a savory blend of spices and slowly smoked to perfection on a Traeger grill or an oven if you prefer it baked, this turkey breast is a show-stopping centerpiece for any barbecue feast.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Resting Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • Aluminum Foil
  • Meat Thermometer
  • Smoker
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons


  • 1 20- Ounce Turkey Breast
  • ½ Cup Melted Butter
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Granulated Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon Coarse Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Black Pepper


  • Heat the smoker to 250 degrees.
  • Sprinkle the entire turkey with each seasoning.
  • Start with the salt.
  • Place the turkey the smoker and cook for about 1 ½ hours or until the turkey hits an internal temperature of 150 degrees. If you don’t have a smoker, place your turkey in the oven.
  • Remove the breast and place it in a foil boat.
  • Coat with melted butter and wrap tightly.
  • Continue to cook for 15 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 160 degrees, then remove and rest for 15-30 minutes. Slice and Enjoy!


  • If your turkey comes already brined, you can cut the amount of salt in half.
  • Use 2 pieces of foil to wrap the turkey breast is a great way to ensure that no butter leaks out.
  • For the best presentation, place the smooth side of the turkey down when wrapping in foil and place it back in the smoker in the same way.
  • This recipe was made on a Traeger pellet smoker, but also works on an offset smoker, or even a conventional oven.
  • Nothing in recipe needs to be changed, including temperatures.
  • I used post oak wood pellets for this recipe, but you can use your favorite flavor pellets.
  • Some great options include hickory or fruit woods such as apple, cherry, etc.

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