Smoked Turkey Breast with Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

by Patti on November 22, 2015 · 1 comment

Turkey breasts.  Such a great way to eat fresh turkey.  I highly recommend a whole turkey breast for those of you who are somewhat frightened at the thought of an entire turkey – and I know there are many of you out there.

Turkey breasts come in a wrapping, you open it up, do whatever it is you want to do it (in our case, we brined it), and you cook it – for a MUCH shorter amount of time than a whole turkey.  Then you have these wonderful slices of juicy smoked turkey breast. It’s at least 10 times better than the best deli turkey you’ve ever had.  No kidding.

And I must be honest with you – I had never made cranberry sauce.  I actually like the jellied cranberries, so I have never thought to mess with something I like. I wanted to do something different, in honor of Thanksgiving and all the fun recipes everyone loves, so I gave it a try.  And…..

Smoked Turkey Breast with cranberry sauce

It. Was. Delicious.

At first, I thought it was kind of bland and I wanted to add more…stuff.  But I held myself back, tried it with turkey, and sure enough – it didn’t need anything!  The cranberries really complimented the turkey – just like the jellied cranberries do – except way better.  Any time I can MAKE something, instead of buying it canned, I do.  And in this case, you can really tell a difference, so you should make this as well. And when I say it’s easy, I mean, it’s CRAZY easy.  Really.  Very little work involved.

Smoked Turkey Breast with Cranberry Sauce

Mmmmm…that picture makes me hungry.  Deliciously juicy smoked turkey breast, topped with homemade cranberry sauce,  a veggie side, maybe a roll and of course a glass of wine…perfection.

Smoked Turkey Breast with Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Total Time: 4 minutes

Smoked Turkey Breast with Cranberry Sauce

Combine your smoked turkey breast with some homemade cranberry sauce for an unbelievable fall meal!


  • 2 1/2 pound turkey breast
  • brine - 1/2 gallon of water/applejuice, 1/4 cup of salt, 1/4 cup of brown sugar. Add other flavors if you choose - Thyme, Sage, etc. Brine turkey for several hours.
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 bag of frozen cranberries(or I'm sure fresh would work great as well)
  • 2 oranges squeezed, and the zest of 1 orange
  • 1 apple - sliced and cubed
  • 1 tsn cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsn vanilla
  • 1/3 cup of sugar


  1. For the Turkey:
  2. Rub the breast with olive oil, salt and pepper. Smoke it at 225 until the internal temperature is 165. Very simple. Only takes a few hours.
  3. For the Cranberry Sauce:
  4. Dump the cranberries in a pot, let them cook down somewhat on low. Add the apples and let them simmer with the cranberries until they are soft. Add the rest of the ingredients. Cook until the sauce is...well...saucy. Serve with smoked turkey breast.

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Justin November 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

I have a question regarding the cooking temp for the turkey breast. Everything I’ve seen has it at 325 degrees (and i’ve smoked a fantastic turkey breast at 325), but you are saying 225 here. Is that correct?

Reason i ask is i would also like to do a rack of baby backs at the same time, but can’t if they need to have the 100 degree difference. If you have successfully cooked a delicious turkey breast at 225, then I am good to go.

Please let me know and thanks for all the great info on this site. You are an inspiration to us backyard wannabe’s.


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