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Turkey Burnt Ends

Recipe and video for smoked turkey burnt ends with sticky cranberry barbecue sauce

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword burnt ends, thanksgiving, turkey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 362 kcal
Author Christie Vanover


  • 1 Jennie-O Oven Ready™ Boneless Turkey Breast

Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

  • 1 can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • pinch cayenne optional


  1. Thaw the turkey and remove from packaging. 

  2. Smoke at 225F degrees over indirect heat for two hours. The internal temperature should be around 135F. 

  3. Remove the turkey from the smoker, and let it rest while you make the sauce.

  4. Add the cranberry barbecue sauce ingredients into a sauce pot and whisk until smooth. Cook over medium low heat, stirring often for 30 minutes. 

  5. Slice the turkey into one-inch cubes. Place in a pan, and toss with the sauce. 

  6. Heat the smoker to 400F degrees. Add the turkey directly to the grate in a single layer. 

  7. Smoke for 15 minutes, or until the cubes reach at least 165F degrees and the sauce is set. 
Nutrition Facts
Turkey Burnt Ends
Amount Per Serving
Calories 362 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 81mg27%
Sodium 726mg32%
Potassium 440mg13%
Carbohydrates 53g18%
Sugar 52g58%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 6.9mg8%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.