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Z Grill Smoked Turkey Breast

Alright folks, gather ’round, because today we’re diving headfirst into the delicious world of Z Grill smoked turkey breast! You won’t find anything quite as mouthwatering as this juicy, smoky masterpiece. So, grab your aprons, fire up your Z Grill, and let’s get this flavor-packed journey started!

z grill smoked turkey breast


How to Make Smoked Turkey Breast on Z Grill

First things first, let me share my secret recipe with you! Making smoked turkey breast on a Z Grill is easier than you might think. Here’s a quick rundown of the steps:

  1. Prep that Bird: Start with a boneless turkey breast, around 5-6 pounds. Pat it dry with paper towels, then rub it with your favorite seasoning mix. I’m talking garlic, paprika, salt, pepper, and a dash of thyme. Let that bird soak up those flavors for at least an hour in the fridge.
  2. Fire Up the Z Grill: While your turkey is marinating, preheat your Z Grill to about 225°F. Use those hickory wood pellets for an extra smoky kick!
  3. Smoke Time: Once your grill is ready, place that seasoned beauty right on the grates. Smoke it for 2.5 to 3 hours, until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Keep an eye on it, but don’t open the lid too often. We want that smoky goodness to stay inside!
  4. Rest and Slice: Let your turkey breast rest for about 15 minutes after it’s done. Then, slice it up and serve it hot!

Now that you’ve got the basics down, let’s tackle some burning questions!

To brine or not to brine?

Brining is like the hot debate in the turkey world. Some folks swear by it, while others say it’s not necessary. Here’s my take: brining can add some extra juiciness to your turkey, but if you’re short on time, you can skip it and still get a mouthwatering result. Your call!

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What type of wood pellets to use for this recipe?

Ah, the wood pellets – the unsung heroes of your smoked turkey adventure! While I mentioned hickory earlier, you’ve got options. Apple, cherry, or even mesquite can add their unique flavors to your turkey. Experiment and find your favorite – it’s all about personal taste!

Additional Tips

  • Get a high quality meat thermometer. It’s your trusty sidekick on this smoky journey to turkey perfection.
  • Use a drip pan to catch those flavorful turkey drippings. You can use them to make a killer gravy!
  • Don’t rush it! Low and slow is the name of the game when smoking turkey.

What to serve

Now, what’s a turkey without some fantastic sides? I recommend serving your smoked turkey breast with some creamy mashed potatoes, roasted veggies, and a hearty cranberry sauce. The combination of smoky and savory with a touch of sweetness – it’s a flavor explosion!

What to do with leftovers

Leftovers? Oh, you’ll have plenty, and that’s a good thing! Turkey sandwiches, turkey salad, turkey tacos – the possibilities are endless. Get creative and savor every bite.

z grill smoked turkey breast recipe

So there you have it, my friends – the art of making Z Grill smoked turkey breast! It’s a journey filled with flavor, excitement, and a bit of smoky magic. I hope you give it a try and enjoy every mouthful. And remember, cooking is all about having fun and sharing delicious moments with loved ones. So, fire up that grill, make some memories, and as always, thanks for joining me on this tasty adventure! Smokin’ good wishes to you all!

Z Grill Smoked Turkey Breast

Elevate your grilling game with our Z Grill smoked turkey breast recipe. Juicy, smoky, and delicious - a must-try dish!

Course Main Course
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Brining 4 hours
Servings 6


For the Turkey:

  • 1 boneless turkey breast 5-6 pounds
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

For the Brine (optional):

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns


Brining (Optional, but recommended)

  1. In a large pot, combine the kosher salt, brown sugar, water, bay leaf, and black peppercorns. Stir until the salt and sugar are dissolved.
  2. Submerge the turkey breast in the brine mixture. Make sure it's completely covered. If needed, use a heavy plate to weigh it down.
  3. Cover the pot and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. This step will help keep your turkey breast moist and flavorful.

Preparing the Turkey

  1. Remove the turkey breast from the brine and pat it dry with paper towels.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the garlic powder, paprika, salt, black pepper, and dried thyme to create your seasoning mix.
  3. Rub the seasoning mix evenly all over the turkey breast.

Preparing the Z Grill

  1. Fire up your Z Grill and set it to smoke at 225°F. This low and slow cooking method is the key to that delicious smoky flavor.
  2. While the grill is heating up, add your hickory wood pellets for that signature smokiness.

Smoking the Turkey

  1. Once your Z Grill is ready, place the seasoned turkey breast directly on the grill grates.
  2. Smoke the turkey for about 2.5-3 hours or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. Use your meat thermometer to check the temperature. Make sure to insert it into the thickest part of the meat without touching the bone.
  3. During the smoking process, periodically baste the turkey breast with some of the drippings or a mixture of melted butter and your seasoning mix. This will add extra flavor and keep the meat moist.
  4. Keep an eye on the grill temperature and add more wood pellets as needed to maintain that steady smoky heat.

Rest and Serve

  1. Once your smoked turkey breast reaches the desired temperature, carefully remove it from the grill.
  2. Tent it loosely with aluminum foil and let it rest for about 15 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, keeping the meat tender and juicy.
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