June 4, 2020

Turkey season has come and gone – now it’s time to enjoy your hard-earned success. There is no shortage of recipes available, and if you’re like us, you want to savor the meat you worked so hard for. One of our go-to methods for cooking wild turkey is using a Traeger grill.

Here is Jeremiah Doughty’s (@fromfieldtoplate) recipe for Smoked Wild Turkey Breast.

Prep time: 12 hours
Cook time: 8 hours
Serves: 4-6 people


  • 1 Cup of brown sugar
  • ¼ Cup salt
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 Cup water, cold
  • 2 Pound turkey breast and deboned thigh, tied with skin on
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoon onion, Dried
  • 2 Tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon chili powder
  • ¼  Cup paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon ground cumin


  1. For the Brine: In a large glass bowl combine brown sugar, salt, pepper and water. Add turkey and weigh down to completely submerge if necessary. Transfer to the refrigerator and let sit for 12-24 hours.
  1. Remove turkey from the brine and discard the brine.
  1. When ready to cook, set the temperature 180℉ and preheat lid closed for 15 minutes.
  1. Combine ingredients for the BBQ Rub. Season turkey with rub and place directly on the grill grate skin side up.
  1. Smoke for 5-8 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 160℉ degrees when an instant read thermometer is inserted into the center.
  1. Remove from the smoker and let rest for 10 minutes. Turkey will continue to cook once taken off grill to reach a final temperature of 165℉ in the breast.

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