Turkey Pastrami

Turkey Pastrami

Turkey pastrami is a low-fat alternative to beef pastrami and it tastes just as good. It's also much easier to make using your smoker.
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  • Serves: 32 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    In a saucepan, combine the water, brown sugar , and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring until the salt and sugar are dissolved.
  3. Step 3

    Remove from heat and stir in the whole black peppercorns, thyme, bay leaves, whole cloves, and garlic. Allow the mixture to cool.
  4. Step 4

    Place the turkey breast in a nonreactive container and pour the cooled mixture over it. Make sure that the turkey breast is completely covered. Cover the container and refrigerate for 48 hours.
  5. Step 5

    Prepare your smoker for a smoke at about 220 F / 105 C for 2 1/2 hours.
  6. Step 6

    Combine the juniper berries and coarsely ground black pepper.
  7. Step 7

    Remove the turkey breast from the brine mixture and rinse it under cold water. Pat it dry with paper towels.
  8. Step 8

    Cover the turkey breast with the juniper berry and black pepper rub. Make sure you press the rub into the surface of the turkey.
  9. Step 9

    Place the turkey breast in the smoker, skin-side down.
  10. Step 10

    Smoke for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until the turkey breast reaches an internal temperature of 165 F / 75 C.
  11. Step 11

    Remove the turkey breast from the smoker and allow it to cool. The turkey pastrami will continue to gain flavor the longer you let it rest.
  12. Step 12

    Slice the turkey pastrami to enjoy for sandwiches or as an entrée. Wrap any leftover turkey pastrami tightly and refrigerate it for up to a week.