Turkey Pastrami Recipe

Turkey Pastrami Recipe

How To Make Turkey Pastrami

This turkey pastrami is a low-fat and lighter alternative to beef. This recipe is marinated and smoked to make sure all the flavors are there.

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 30 minutes



For Brine:

  • 5lbturkey breast
  • 3water
  • ¼cupdark brown sugar
  • ¼cupkosher salt
  • 2tbspjuniper berries,crushed
  • 2tbspblack pepper,freshly cracked
  • 8garlics cloves,smashed
  • 1pinchred pepper flakes,crushed

For Rub:

  • 4tbspjuniper berries
  • 2tbspwhole black peppercorns
  • ¼cupdark brown sugar
  • 1tspred pepper flakes,crushed

To Cook:

  • 1cuphickory wood chips or chunks


  1. Start by making the brine, in which the meat will soak for several days. Combine the water, sugar and spices in a saucepan and heat until the sugar and salt have dissolved.

  2. Allow the brine to cool before transferring it into a large resealable zip-top bag. We recommend double-bagging it in case of any leakages and placing it into a pan.

  3. Place the turkey into the bag and seal. Allow to soak for 2 to 3 days.

  4. After brining, remove the turkey from the bag and rinse well. Dry with paper towel and set on a chopping board.

  5. Make the dry rub by pulsing or processing the rub ingredients in a blender or food processor.

  6. Generously coat the turkey with the rub, ensuring all of the breast has been covered. Place the turkey in a large airtight container and place in the fridge for 24 hours.

  7. To cook the turkey, fold a large sheet of heavy duty aluminium foil, approximately 2 feet in length, in half and fold in half once again. Fold the edges up on one of the halves, similar to that of a small pizza box.

  8. Soak the hickory chips in water for about 15 minutes.

  9. In the meantime, position an oven rack about 4 inches below the broiler and pre-heat to high. Drain the chips and place in the folded foil section you created. Broil for about 5 minutes, stir and broil for a further 2 minutes.

  10. Remove from the heat and fold the ‘top’ part of the foil over and crimp it closed. Use a knife and create several small holes in the foil to release the smoke. Place into the oven and pre-heat for 250 degrees F.

  11. Place the turkey in a roasting, breast side down, and roast for an hour. For a convection oven, increase heat to 325 degrees F, or to 350 degrees F for a standard oven. Turn the turkey and roast until the internal temperatures reaches 160 degrees F.

  12. Transfer to a chopping board and cool. Slice thinly and serve warm or store in an airtight container for sandwiches later.


  • Calories: 989.31kcal
  • Fat: 40.22g
  • Saturated Fat: 11.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 15.16g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 9.53g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.85g
  • Fiber: 2.29g
  • Sugar: 17.77g
  • Protein: 125.34g
  • Cholesterol: 368.54mg
  • Sodium: 1397.08mg
  • Calcium: 139.01mg
  • Potassium: 1720.17mg
  • Iron: 7.90mg
  • Vitamin A: 19.64µg
  • Vitamin C: 2.49mg
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