This healthy smoked boneless turkey breast recipe is so easy, needs only a few ingredients, and is a great lean protein that’s also Whole30, paleo, gluten-free and low carb/keto. It’s perfect for a family friendly weeknight dinner or great for meal prepping. Pair it with a few vegetable sides or use it in a salad, you can’t go wrong with this smoker turkey recipe!
Smoked Boneless Turkey Breast Ingredients
The great thing about cooking with a smoker is that it infuses so much flavor into the meat. You only need a few easy seasonings to add to the turkey breast and the smoker will do the rest! For this recipe, you only need a boneless turkey breast, ghee, salt, pepper and poultry seasoning.
I get my spices and ghee from Thrive Market for a discount (new members get a $20 shopping credit!), but they’re also really easy to find at most common grocery stores! You can also make your own ghee in the slow cooker!
There are a few types of turkey breasts that you can purchase at the grocery store. Boneless turkey breasts tend to be smaller (about 1.5-2.5 lbs), and that’s what you’ll use here. Turkey breasts that have the bone in are much larger (upwards of 5-6 lbs) and include portions of rib, wing and back meat as well. You can use a bone in turkey breast with this method, but you’ll want to double the ghee and spices for a 4 pound bone-in turkey breast, and triple them for a 6 pound turkey breast.
Smoker Recommendations & Accessories to Use
Almost all smokers operate about the same, so no matter if you’re using a Traeger, Camp Chef, Z Grill, or another type, this recipe will work for you! All three of those brands are great options, both for seasoned pro smokers and if you may be new to smoking, they’re all easy to get the hang of.
For pellets for the smoke flavor, when you’re choosing the type of wood that will “feed” your smoker, for poultry I recommend picking hickory, apple or signature pellets. If your smoker doesn’t come with a meat thermometer, you’ll want to have one handy to ensure your meat is cooked properly and not too well done, or undercooked. This will give you a great outcome every time and increase your confidence in your smoking abilities!
How to Prepare & Smoke a Turkey Breast
To prepare this Whole30 smoked turkey breast, you’ll first start by measuring out your spices and ghee into a small dish or bowl. Mix those all together to make a ghee paste, and then you’ll rub in generously all over the turkey breast. Let it rest with the ghee and spices rubbed in while you get the smoker started.
Heat your smoker to 225 degrees F. and then place your turkey breast into the smoker. Because this is a smaller turkey breast, unlike bone-in breasts, you will not need to smoke it long. It will take about 45 minutes per pound, and will be done once the meat thermometer reaches 162 degrees F.
While the boneless turkey breast is smoking, you can baste it halfway through cooking with more melted ghee, or with a spritz of apple juice in a spray bottle. This is not needed, though, because as long as you don’t overcook your turkey breast, it will come off the smoker juicy and full of flavor!
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- 2 lb boneless turkey breast
- 2 tbsp ghee
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Combine the ghee and spices in a small bowl or dish to make a seasoned “butter” paste
- Using your hands, rub the ghee spice mixture all over the turkey breast so the entire breast is covered
- Heat your smoker to 225 degrees F. and place the turkey breast into the smoker and place the thermometer into the thickest part of the turkey breast
- Smoke for an hour and a half (45 minutes per pound), or until the meat thermometer reaches 162 degrees F.
- Remove from the smoker, tent with foil or another plate and let rest 10-15 minutes before slicing to lock in the juices
- Optional: you can baste the turkey breast halfway through smoking with melted ghee, or spritz with apple juice in a spray bottle
- You can use a bone in turkey breast with this method, but you’ll want to double the ghee and spices for a 4 pound bone-in turkey breast, and triple them for a 6 pound turkey breast.
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