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Applewood smoked turkey breast

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Juicy flavorful and very easy Applewood smoked turkey is a dream come true- tender meat and very low effort! Perfect recipe for your Traeger, Masterbuilt or any other kind of smoker! Weight watchers 6 smart points per serving.

a piece of smoked turkey breast

What is the best wood to smoke a turkey?

I absolutely love Applewood for my turkey and chickens. It doesn’t overwhelm the meat with to strong smokey flavor and pairs very well with white meat.

What temperature do you remove turkey from the smoker?

The internal temperature should be 160 degrees. i like to use an instant read thermometer or in some cases i use a wireless thermometer. It makes the sound when the food is at the right temperature.

How long will it take to smoke a turkey breast at 225 degrees?

Usually it takes around 3-4 hours. Monitor the smoker temperature closely so it doesn’t go over 225-250 degrees. And keep adding those wood chips to keep the smoke going.

So, how to smoke a whole turkey breast?

Step 1. Get a nice turkey breast. I usually buy it already frozen and then defrost it in the fridge overnight.

Step 2. Spices. I grow most of my spices on the backyard. You will need some fresh thyme and nice fresh rosemary. ( By the way its so easy to grow them even in your kitchen! Just buy a little seedling and plant in a small pot and place by your kitchen window. Fresh FREE herbs all year around!)

Step 3. Preheat your electric smoker with applewood chips. Make sure the smoker is heated to 225 degrees, nice and hot. Place the turkey breast inside and let is smoke for about 3,5 hours.

Step 4. Internal temperature should be 160 degrees when you pull your turkey breast out of the smoker.

How to keep turkey moist?

I like to stuff turkey breast with a lot of butter. The best is to use soft butter and spread it out under the skin. This time i used cold right out of the fridge butter and had to cut it in thin pieces.

Still works fine, just take i bit longer. Also you can create a herb butter by mixing your favorite herbs with butter and then place it under the turkey skin.

This turkey i made in electric smoker was delicious. It was moist, delicate, had a little tone of rosemary and thyme. Make sure to not overcook it! It will dry the meat out and your turkey will be very chewy.

More amazing smoker recipes for you to try!

  1. Smoked brisket
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  3. Smoked beef ribs
  4. Smoked baby back ribs

Here is a whole list of my electric smoker recipes too!

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a piece of smoked turkey breast
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4.70 from 13 votes

Applewood smoked turkey breast

Juicy flavorful and very easy Applewood smoked turkey is a dream come true- tender meat and very low effort! Perfect recipe for your Traeger, Masterbuilt or any other kind of smoker!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time3 hours 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: electric smoker recipes, smoked turkey breast
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 246kcal
Author: Tatiana


  • 1 turkey breast thawed
  • 2 tbsn chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsn chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbspn salt
  • 1 tbspn pepper
  • 1/4 cup butter soften


  • Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees with Applewood chips
  • Pull the skin and spread all that butter right under the skin. If the butter is still cold, just slice it and place under the skin like on the picture above in the post. It going to be alright.
  • Rub turkey breast with the mix of rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.
  • Place turkey into your electric smoker. Insert the wireless thermometer if you have one.
  • Smoke for about 3,5 hours until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.
  • Take the turkey out and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Tools used in this recipe

Electric smoker


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 1549mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1.1mg

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators.

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Recipe Rating

Mary Gallo

Sunday 12th of September 2021

Hello, It worked out well for us. Thank you for recipe, but tablespoon is always designated with a capital "T" or spelled out in it's entirety. Not with a lower case "T". It really threw me off when I was putting it together.


Monday 8th of July 2019

Wow, this sounds fantastic! Love the little bit of effort for such a flavorful outcome.


Monday 8th of July 2019

Wow this looks so appealing! I love smoked meats and I can almost smell how good this would taste. The meat looks juicy and tender too, thanks for a great recipe.

Sandhya Hariharan

Monday 8th of July 2019

Wow.. this is something really knew to me. I have never tried smoking my food with apple chips. I need to try them soon.

Danielle Wolter

Monday 8th of July 2019

what a great way to make turkey! we just bought a house and have our first opportunity to buy a smoker. Can't wait to try this!