The Most Amazing Apple Pecan Smoked Turkey Breast

Prep Time: 1 day
Cook Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 1 day 12 hours
Servings: 6
There is not a more juicy and flavorful turkey than The Most Amazing Apple Pecan Smoked Turkey Breast. It is our current favorite for Thanksgiving.


For the Smoker

  • Pecan Pellets or chips
  • Tin Pan

For the Brine

  • 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup Kosher Salt
  • 4 Cups Apple Juice *see note
  • 1 Cup Orange Juice
  • 32 ounces Chicken Broth
  • 1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 6.5 lb Turkey Breast bone in

For the Turkey Rub

  • 3 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Smoked Paprika
  • 2 Teaspoons Ground Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher
  • 1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Chipotle Chili Pepper Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter softened
  • 3/4 Cup Pineapple Juice
  • 3/4 Cup Water

For the Gravy

  • 1-2 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 1-2 Tablespoon Water


For the Brine

  • In a large pot, add the brine ingredients. Stir to combine.
  • Rinse the turkey breast thoroughly.
  • Place the turkey in the brine and put the lid on the pot. Refrigerate 10-12 hours or overnight.

For the Smoker

  • Remove the turkey from the brine, discarding all liquid and pat the turkey completely dry.
  • In a bowl, combine the spice ingredients and stir to mix.
  • Add the butter and stir again.
  • Rub the mixture all over under and over the skin of the turkey.
  • Heat a Traeger Smoker to 300 degrees with pecan pellets or chips.
  • Place the pineapple juice and water in a tin pan under the rack in the smoker.
  • Put the turkey, breast side down, on the smoker rack and close the lid.
  • Smoke for 3 to 3 1/2 hours depending on your smoker.
  • Remove the turkey to rest for 20 minutes under tented foil, reserving the drippings in the tin pan.
  • Slice the turkey and serve with gravy.

For the Gravy

  • Pour the drippings into a Gravy Fat Separator .
  • Heat a skillet to medium high heat and pour off the drippings, avoiding too much fat.
  • Whisk together the cornstarch and water and as the drippings begin to simmer, whisk in the cornstarch slurry.
  • Continue to whisk as the gravy thickens and serve immediately.


You may use apple juice or apple cider. If you don't have either, Place 1 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar in a cup and fill the rest with water.
Nutrition Facts
The Most Amazing Apple Pecan Smoked Turkey Breast
Amount Per Serving (12 oz)
Calories 789 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 295mg98%
Sodium 21703mg944%
Potassium 1577mg45%
Carbohydrates 45g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 38g42%
Protein 108g216%
Vitamin A 1557IU31%
Vitamin C 34mg41%
Calcium 154mg15%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.