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Chipotle Maple Syrup Turkey Breast Recipe

This is going to be year three of this turkey recipe. It’s amazing and is back by popular demand. 

Generally, I only make it for Thanksgiving and Christmas events, which means by the time it rolls around I forget how to smoke it. So, this recipe is the official record of how to do it for my benefit since until now I have yet to write it down. 

I originally picked it up from the Bearded Butcher guys and tweaked it to my preferences. 

Do the following to forever change your life. 

  1. Procure a non-tampered-with turkey breast. It can’t be pre-cooked or browned or anything.
  2. Preheat smoker to 250º.
  3. Combine equal parts melted stick butter and maple syrup into a measuring cup or other suitable vessel (start with 1 stick of butter, which should be 1/2 cup). Next, add 2-ish tablespoons of chipotle seasoning*.
  4. Using a meat injector, inject that delightful concoction into the turkey breast until your heart is content. Usually about 1 cup total. 
  5. Thoroughly cover the turkey breast with the chipotle dry rub. 
  6. Place on the smoker. 
  7. Make more of the butter/maple syrup/chipotle seasoning glaze and baste the turkey breast every 45-60 minutes. 
  8. After about 2-2.5 hours, increase the smoker temp to 300º. #CrispySkin
  9. Remove turkey breast from the smoker when the internal temp is 160-165º, or lower if you prefer to live dumb and dangerously. For an 8-pound turkey breast, this took about 3 hours.
  10. Let it rest for 15ish minutes and then eat until comatose. 
  11. Bonus tip: Make a new smaller batch of the butter/maple syrup/chipotle seasoning batter and gently drizzle on the cut-up pieces. 

*I prefer Bearded Butcher Chipotle seasoning because it’s the best. 

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