Recipe: Bourbon Brined Smoked Bacon Wrapped BBQ Turkey Breast

Tried of the same old turkey? Grillmaster Jason Wilson AKA Meat Therapy on Instagram is bringing you a recipe that combines some of our favorite things: bourbon, bacon and BBQ. This Thanksgiving, make a recipe that will surprise and delight your guests like never before!


Bourbon Brine

  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large orange or 2 small ones
  • 5 to 8 whole cloves
  • 4 quarts water

Turkey Ingredients

  • 1 whole boneless turkey breast, 5 to 7lbs.
  • 2.5 lbs. bacon strips
  • Favorite Turkey seasoning
  • Favorite BBQ rub
  • Favorite BBQ sauce
  • Leave in thermometer


  1. Combine sugar and salt into a pot of water and heat until dissolved.
  2. Let cool and add oranges and cloves.
  3. While brine is cooling, prep your turkey breast by pulling the skin off and rounding the edges.
  4. After brine has cooled, place turkey in a Cambro Food Box and pour in the brine. Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours.
  5. Remove turkey from brine, rinse well and pat dry. Season turkey breast with your favorite turkey seasoning and let sit for 1 hour to allow rub to adhere.
  6. While seasoning is adhering, build your bacon weave and wrap turkey breast in bacon weave. Tuck edges into themselves. Season bacon with your favorite BBQ rub.
  7. Insert probe into thickest part of the breast and place into smoker at 325°F. Set target temp alarm for 160°F.
  8. When internal temp hits 150°F lightly brush on bbq sauce. Take turkey off smoker when target temp is achieved and tent loosely in foil for 20 minutes.
  9. Slice up and enjoy!