The easiest smoked turkey breast recipe for the holidays or a get-together with friends! Tender, juicy turkey breast is smoked over oak, cherry, and hickory and finished in mouth-watering miso butter.
My first Thanksgiving was with my host family when I came over to the US to study. It was my first time eating turkey. I thought ‘What is that giant chicken?!’ And I wasn’t a great fan: it was a little too dry and too bland to my taste.
二十年后，我得到了土耳其和许多感恩节的饭菜。当我喜欢庆祝活动时，我从来没有渴望自己做鸟。到现在。这个Smoked Miso Butter Turkey Breast改变了一切。它的风味浓郁，湿润，非常容易！
It is our first family Thanksgiving turkey recipe, and I believe it will be our go-to Thanksgiving turkey recipe for many years to come. I hope you and your family will enjoy the recipe too.
Why Smoking Turkey Breast?
我有土耳其烤和油炸火鸡past Thanksgivings. However, there are always several challengesin preparing the perfect bird.
- The turkey meat ends up too dry.
- It’s way too much food for a small family, even with a petite turkey.
- The prep time takes too long.
- The monstrous clean-up afterward.
烟熏火鸡乳房的想法的灵感来自Joc先生最近前往奥斯丁和在富兰克林的烧烤中进食的启发，那里提供的一种肉是熏制的火鸡。我们得到了Franklin Barbecue cookbookand gave the recipe a try and loved it.
So we both worked on a few recipes that incorporated Japanese flavors and decidedly agreed that miso butter was the best. The combination elevates the meat with a creamy, umami and surprising flavor.
If you’re interested in smoking, here is the equipment that we use:
3 Important Tips to Make Juicy Smoked Turkey
2. Use double heavy-duty foil and wrap.
After smoking, wrap tightly in heavy-duty foil so none of the juice escapes. During the last part of cooking, the wrapped turkey absorbs all the buttery goodness of miso mixture as well as its own natural juices.
3. Use a meat thermometer.
Turkey will become tough and dry if overcooked. As soon as it reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit, you have to remove from heat and let the meat cool down while still wrapped. A meat thermometer is your best friend in this recipe!
Turkey Dry Rubs + Miso Butter Sauce
Who would have thought that cooking turkey can be so easy! There is no brining or any special marinade process involved. Simply mix the dry rub and sprinkle generously over the turkey right before smoking.
Many markets carry turkey breasts with skin on, so we usually ask the butcher to remove the skin and bones for us. It’s less work when you start prepping at home. All we do is trim some excess fat and tissue before sprinkling on the dry rub.
We then add miso and soy sauce during the last 30 minutes of cooking. Turkey meat absorbs the gentle umami from miso and soy sauce, giving it a tasty finish.
I usedmy all-time favorite miso from Hikari Miso®, Kodawattemasu, for this recipe. You can use any miso you have in your refrigerator whether it’s white or red miso. It adds a robust and umami-packed complexity to the final taste.
- Give enough time for the flour to cook so the gravy won’t have a raw flour taste.
- Gradually add the broth into the roux to avoid making lumps.
If you are careful with the above 2 tips and follow my steps, you will have nice lump-free roux and gravy!
For this recipe, I added a tiny bit of miso and soy sauce to enhance the flavors in the sauce. If you want some Japanese spin in your ordinary gravy, give it a try this Thanksgiving!
We haven’t owned ourTraeger Pellet Smokerfor very long but have been using consistently since we purchased it. In case you are interested in getting a pellet smoker, here are some FAQs that will hopefully address any questions you have.
How does a pellet smoker work?
It’s very easy, simply feed wood pellets in the feeder and set the temperature you want to cook at. The feeder will control the temperature and feed the appropriate amount of pellets. All you need to do is refill the feeder when it’s low.
Do you recommend Traeger?
We don’t have a preferred brand but our friend had recommended it. Costco in the US was running a Traeger promo in the warehouses so they were a really good deal. We purchased our junior size Traeger smoker at Costco for around $400. So far we haven’t had any issues with it.
这个depends on how many people you usually feed. Our junior size one can almost smoke 2 of anything at the same time, ribs, tri-tip, turkey breast, or steak. However, it does not leave much room to grill veggies and other side dishes. If we had the chance to pick again we would select the next size up.
Yes, you can use wood pellets from other brands. We like the Lumberjack brand vs. Traeger’s for the smell and taste.
Is it easy to clean up?
What kind of wood should I buy?
There are recommended types of wood for various types of protein but we find that the combination of cherry, hickory, and oak work with most meat. We buy the premixed pack so we don’t have to do it ourselves.
How does a smoker compare to a BBQ grill?
A smoker doesn’t sear as well as a BBQ grill since it cooks with indirect heat. We would not recommend doing steak on the smoker but any other meat would work. On the other hand, it’s fantastic for cooking chicken evenly without worrying about the skin getting burnt and the meat is still raw.
The truest critics we have for the turkey are our children, and they simply love the smoked turkey. Besides complaining that it was too spicy when we tested with the smaller turkey breasts, they give this recipe two thumbs up.
If you are planning for a Thanksgiving get-together with just a few friends and do not want to deal with a whole turkey, give this smoked turkey breast a try. It is the perfect Thanksgiving turkey recipe for smaller gatherings and no-fuss cooks. If you don’t have a smoker, don’t worry, you can still use the recipe to cook the turkey with an oven. There won’t be any smoky finish, but you’d still get a delicious turkey! Serve it withorange ginger cranberry sauceon the side.
Japanese Ingredient Substitution:If you want to look for substitutes for Japanese condiments and ingredients,click here.
Smoked Miso Butter Turkey Breast
- 14-poundboneless, skinless turkey breast(4 lb, 1.8 kg; nonsolution; you can ask the butcher to remove the skin and bone for you)
- 1汤匙kosher/sea salt (I use Diamond Crystal; use half for table salt)(the ratio is 2 parts black pepper to 1 part salt).
- 2 ½汤匙16进土黑胡椒粉
- 1tsppaprika powder
- 1tspgarlic powder
- 1tsponion powder
Gather all the ingredients. You will also needheavy-dutyaluminum foiland肉类探测. If your turkey breast has the skin and bone attached, remove them carefully. I asked the butcher to remove them for me. My turkey breast was 5 pounds with skin and bone, and 4 pounds after removing them.
Start the fire:
Preheat the smoker to265°F. The smoker temperature will range between 250 – 285 while it’s cooking but that’s fine. If it gets too hot just open the lid for a bit for it to cool down. You don’t want it too hot since the turkey will become dry.
Prepare the turkey & rub:
In a small bowl, add all the turkey rub ingredients.
混合在一起，sc到MaracaSifter. I LOVE this little tool from Uchicook, which allows me to sprinkle evenly.
Apply the rub evenly on the turkey breast.
Make sure to sprinkle on the sides and the tender area (if it’s separated).
Place the turkey,skin side up在吸烟者中（以前有皮肤的侧面）。固定肉探头并煮至金黄色，或者当肉类探测says 140ºF (60ºC)（通常大约2个小时）。
同时，味o黄油酱. Combine the melted butter, miso, and soy sauce in a small bowl.
当肉探头说140ºF(60ºC),删除turkey from the smoker and place it on two layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil, dull side out. Place the turkey on the foil towards the edge away from you so you’ll have enough room to completely wrap it up later.
Drizzle all the Miso Butter Sauce on top of the turkey and stick the meat probe into the thickest part of the meat.
Wrap tightly in the aluminum foil.
Return the turkey to the cooker, this time with theskin side down. It should look like a boat on the grate.
Continue cooking until theinternal temperature reaches 160°F (71ºC), about 1 hour. Do not overcook.
Let rest and serve:
Let the turkey wrapped in foil and rest until the internal temperature drops to 140°F (60ºC) for about 30 minutes. Open the foil carefully, making sure you don't spill the juices.
Slice turkey based on your thickness preference against the grain. Keep the cooking liquid for making the gravy.
Make the Miso Butter Gravy:
Gather all the ingredients for the gravy. This smoked turkey breast is pretty clean, and there's not much stuff, so it’s not required to strain the drippings.
Using a spatula or whisk, combine the flour and butter together and cook until you form a roux, a thick gloppy paste, about 2-3 minutes. Then gradually add chicken broth and mix to combine. DO NOT pour the whole broth. Add roughly ¼ cup at a time and make sure the mixture is homogenous before you add more broth.
You can add more broth for a thinner gravy or let the gravy cook a few minutes for a thick gravy.
Pour in the drippings and mix to combine with the roux.
Turn the heat to medium-high and bring the liquid to a boil while still stirring. Once the liquid reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium and stir occasionally until the gravy is as thick as you'd like it. Once the gravy is thick, serve it immediately or keep it over very low heat until you are ready to serve. If the gravy develops a thin film on the top, just give it a quick mix.
Gravy can be kept refrigerated for up to a week or frozen for up to 3 months. Reheat gently over low heat while whisking occasionally.