Sometimes I am just chickened out, and by that, I don’t mean I get scared and backed out, I mean I am sick of chicken. Don’t get me wrong it is practical, thighs and breast cook fast, a whole chicken gives you leftovers for most of your week, but chicken can get old… I don’t care how much you love it, you sometimes need a break. Which is why I love Turkey, especially a Smoked Chipotle Turkey Breast.
Most weekends I make a roasted chicken for Sunday Dinner, every now and again there will be a roast or a tenderloin, but when those turkey breasts go on sale it is time to change things up. A favorite of mine is a tender, juicy, spicy, and savory simple Smoked Chipotle Turkey Breast.
Anytime you smoke a turkey breast you want to make sure you have a lazy relaxing day whether that is with your family or close friends. Smoking meat takes time, you rush it, you are asking for either a noncooked turkey breast or a dry leathery turkey breast. Low and slow is the key (3 1/2 to 4 hours), so make sure you have the time, and it helps to have some great company!
To start making your Smoked Chipotle Turkey Breast, you want to combine pureed Chipotle, cumin, oregano, cilantro, salt, chili powder, olive oil, butter, and Worcestershire in a small mixing bowl. Rinse off and clean out the cavity of the turkey then rub the mixture in the small bowl all over the outside and inside of the turkey.Soak wood chunks, make sure you read the recommendation on the package for how long they should soak before using. Typically, I soak mine for 2 hours before starting the smoker. Start your smoker. I used an “old-fashioned” charcoal smoke box, which means if you use one before you place the turkey inside the smoker you should get your coals ready (white and ashy). When ready place Chipotle Turkey Breast in the middle of the smoker, and add some of the wood chips and let smoke. The process takes about 2 hours, you will need to check on the wood chips and add more as needed. When done the internal temperature of the turkey should be 165 degrees Fahrenheit and juices should run clear when pierced with a fork.
Allow turkey to rest 15 minutes before carving and serving.
Next time you are in the mood for a change or you just want to have a lazy day, call up some friends and get that smoker going and make up a satisfying Smoked Chipotle Turkey Breast.
Smoked Chipotle Turkey Breast
- 7 lb turkey breast (Honeysuckle or Butterball Brand)
- 2 chipotle pepper in adobo pureed
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tbsp dried cilantro
- 2 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter unsalted- melted
- 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 apple quartered
- 1 small yellow onion cut in half
- 2 cloves garlic
- In a small mixing bowl, combine pureed chipotles, cumin, oregano, cilantro, salt, chili powder, olive oil, butter, and Worcestershire.
- Rinse off the turkey, and clean out the cavity of the turkey. Place in a deep dish or a large mixing bowl and rub the outside of the turkey and inside of the cavity with the chipotle rub. Allow marinating overnight in the fridge.
- Soak wood chunks in a deep bucket of water for at least 1 hour before smoking. Place onions, apple, and garlic inside the cavity of the turkey breast.
- Heat smoker box with charcoals until coals are ash white. Spread out coals and carefully place 3-4 soaked wood chunks to the top of the coals. Place Turkey Breast in the middle of the charcoal grill next to the smoker box. Allow the turkey to smoke for at least 2 hours adding wood chunks every 30 minutes. The internal temperature of the turkey should be 165°F or juices run clear when pierced with a fork.
- Allow turkey to rest 15 minutes before carving and serving.