Turkey Pastrami Recipe: Savory Delight!

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Looking to switch up your deli meat routine? Try smoked turkey pastrami! This flavorful turkey is expertly smoked and seasoned with traditional pastrami spices, giving it a bold taste that combines smokiness with savory flavors. Turkey pastrami is a healthier choice too, with less fat and calories compared to traditional pastrami.

The seasoning blend includes juniper berries, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, and black pepper, creating a uniquely bold flavor. When paired with smoked turkey, it delivers a deliciously packed punch of taste.

Turkey pastrami is perfect for sandwiches. Try it in a turkey Reuben with rye bread, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and sauerkraut. Another favorite is serving it cold on a pumpernickel bagel with mayo, spicy mustard, tomato, lettuce, and pickled red onions.

For sides, pair it with dill pickle coleslaw, classic potato salad, potato chips, or a pickle spear! Store your homemade turkey pastrami in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week. Enjoy this versatile and tasty twist on classic deli meat!

Turkey Pastrami Recipe

Turkey Pastrami Recipe

Looking for a lighter alternative to classic pastrami? Try homemade turkey pastrami! Tender turkey breasts are brined and smoked low and slow to perfection, resulting in juicy, flavorful meat every time. This recipe is my go-to for creating delicious sandwiches, salads, or even incorporating into pizzas.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 7
Calories 117 kcal


  • 2 1/4 pounds Skinless boneless turkey breasts


  • 1/3 cup Brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp Pickling spice*
  • 1 tbsp Curing salt
  • 1/2 cup Pickling salt
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 8 cups filtered Water


  • In a large stockpot, combine all brine ingredients. Heat over medium until the sugar dissolves completely.
  • Remove the brine from heat and let it cool to room temperature. Transfer to the fridge and chill overnight.
  • Place turkey breasts in a non-reactive bowl or container. Pour cooled brine over the turkey, ensuring it’s fully submerged. Place a plate on top to keep the turkey submerged. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or up to 5 days.
  • Rinse turkey breasts thoroughly and transfer them to a large pot. Cover with fresh water and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let turkey sit in the water for 20 minutes.
  • Prepare your smoker and hardwood chips, setting the smoker to 275°F (135°C).
  • Place turkey breasts on the smoker away from direct heat. Smoke for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until internal temperature reaches 170°F (77°C).
  • Allow turkey to cool completely before slicing.


  • To Store: Keep homemade turkey pastrami in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • To Freeze: Wrap pastrami tightly in plastic or foil, place in a freezer-safe container, and freeze for up to 3 months.
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Nutrition Facts:

Nutrition Value
Calories117 kcal

How Long Does it Take to Make Turkey Pastrami?

How Long Does it Take to Make Turkey Pastrami?

Making turkey pastrami involves several steps over a few days. You’ll need to brine the turkey breasts overnight and then smoke them for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Including brining and cooling time, plan for about 1-2 days to complete the recipe.

Can I Adjust the Level of Spices in the Brine?

Yes, you can adjust the flavour of your turkey pastrami by tweaking the number of spices in the brine. If you prefer a stronger or milder taste, you can modify the spices according to your preference before adding the turkey.

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