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Recipe courtesy of Bill Jamison and Cheryl Jamison

Hot Times Jalapeno Turkey Breast

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 13 hr 50 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 12 hr
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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1 (6 to 8-pound) turkey breast

Hot Times Rub, recipe follows

Hot Times Mop, recipe follows

Hot Times Rub:

3 tablespoons dried ground jalapeno, (recommended: North of the Border PC Willy's Green Chile Rub and Seasoning)

2 tablespoons kosher or sea salt

2 tablespoons packed light or dark brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Hot Times Mop:

2 cups chicken or turkey stock

2 to 3 teaspoons dried ground jalapeno

1/4 cup unsalted butter or vegetable oil

1/4 cup jalapeno jelly


  1. Massage the turkey breast with the Hot Times Rub, making sure to get it over and under the skin without tearing. Place the breast in a plastic bag and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Prepare the smoker for barbecuing, bringing the temperature to 200 to 220 degrees F. Remove the turkey breast from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Cut a 3-foot piece of cheesecloth and dampen it thoroughly with water. Wrap the breast in the cheesecloth and tie the ends.
  3. Transfer the breast to the smoker, skin side up, and cook for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours per pound, or until the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F. Wet the cheesecloth down with more water at 30-minute intervals, or as appropriate for the style of smoker.
  4. After 4 hours, remove the cheesecloth, snipping it with scissors if necessary, and discard. Baste the turkey with the Hot Times Mop- if possible in the smoker - every 30 minutes for the remainder of the cooking time. When the turkey is finished cooking, remove it from the smoker and allow it to sit under tented foil for at least 10 minutes before carving.

Hot Times Rub:

  1. Mix ingredients together in a small bowl.

Hot Times Mop:

  1. Combine the ingredients in a saucepan and warm the mixture over low heat.