Smoked Wild Turkey

If you're good at calling in the toms, this smoked wild turkey recipe provides a good way to cook your birds. Boneless breast meat is marinated, then smoked until perfectly done.

The breasts are soaked in a simple turkey brine before being seasoned, then smoked.

Wild Turkey Recipe

For this wild turkey recipe, you'll need to make the brine first. This recipe makes enough brine for the breasts of 2 turkeys.

INGREDIENTS - Wild Turkey Brine

  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)


Combine brine ingredients, stirring until the sugar and salt are completely dissolved. Add the breast halves to the brine and refrigerate overnight.

Remove, rinse and pat dry. Smoke at 225 degrees for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the breast reaches 160 degrees. Apple wood has always been one of my favorites for smoking turkey, and just about any wild game for that matter.

The smoked wild turkey can be cooked in a meat smoker or in a gas or charcoal grill, using the indirect grilling method. Just add a couple chunks or handfuls of foil wrapped smoker wood, laying the packets on top of the charcoal or gas burner.

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