BBQ Spice-Rubbed Turkey Breast


On average, turkey breasts are ready in half the time it takes to roast a 12-pound turkey. Try this recipe for a summer party.

BBQ Spice-Rubbed Turkey Breast
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
25 mins
Roast Time:
1 hr 20 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 2 3 pound fresh or frozen bone-in turkey breast halves

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 2 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoon paprika

  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 recipe Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 cup (about 1 large) chopped onion

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil

  • 1 16 ounce can whole cranberry sauce

  • cup bottled chili sauce

  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Thaw turkey, if frozen. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a large shallow roasting pan and rack with cooking spray. In small bowl combine brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, salt, cumin, chili powder, and pepper. Place turkey breast halves, bone side down, on roasting rack in prepared pan. Set aside.

  2. Starting at breast bone, slip fingers between skin and meat to loosen skin, leaving skin attached at top. Lift skin and spread spice mixture evenly under skin over breast meat. Insert oven-going meat thermometer into thickest part of breast, without touching bone.

  3. Roast, uncovered, on lower rack of oven for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F. Roast 1 to 1-1/2 hours longer or until thermometer registers 170 degrees F., juices run clear, and turkey is no longer pink, occasionally spooning pan juices over turkey. Let stand, covered with foil, for 10 minutes before slicing. Place breast halves on platter. Serve with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

  1. In a medium saucepan cook onion in hot cooking oil over medium heat 5 minutes. Add cranberry sauce, chili sauce, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until thickened. Pass with BBQ Spice-Rubbed Turkey Breast. Makes 2-1/2 cups sauce (10, 1/4 cup servings).

Test Kitchen Tip:

To simplify, you can rub the spice mixture onto the outside of turkey breast for a crusty spice appearance. Place foil over turkey breast last 30 minutes of roasting to prevent burning.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

311 Calories
6g Fat
4g Carbs
57g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 311
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 167mg 56%
Sodium 440mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 57g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 533mg 11%
Folate, total 12.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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