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Bacon Wrapped Smoked Turkey Tenderloins

Today I am introducing to you the bacon wrapped smoked turkey tenderloin which is lean, smokes beautifully and is a great cut for the holidays or any day.
Course Entree
Cuisine Hot Smoking
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jeff Phillips

Ingredients

  • 2 turkey tenderloins
  • 1 lb bacon or about 12 slices
  • 1/2 cup Jeff's original rub
  • Turkey brine recipe below

Instructions

  • To a medium pot add 1 quart of water, 1 TBS of course ground black pepper, 1 TBS of red pepper flakes, 2 long sprigs of thyme, 2 long sprigs of rosemary and 8-10 garlic cloves smashed with the side of a knife.
  • Bring to a boil then remove it from the heat and let it steep covered for 20-30 minutes.
  • Place the mixture in the fridge for several hours to cool.
  • To make the brine, add 3 quarts of cold water to a gallon sized pitcher and 1 cup of kosher salt.
  • Stir the mixture until the salt is dissolved.
  • Add the cooled mixture from the fridge into the brine and stir to combine.
  • Place the turkey tenderloins into a plastic bowl or zip top bag and pour the brine over them to cover.
  • Place the container with the brining turkey into the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • When the brining is complete, rinse the turkey under cold water to remove any residual salt and discard the brine.
  • Season the turkey with Jeff's original rub then wrap the entire tenderloin with bacon. This will take approximately 4-6 pieces of bacon.
  • Season the outside of the bacon wrap with Jeff's original rub then place the wrapped tenderloins onto a Weber grill pan, Bradley rack or cooling rack and it is ready for the smoker.
  • Setup your smoker for cooking at about 240°F using indirect heat and cherry wood for smoke.
  • When the smoker is ready, place the meat into the smoker and close the lid or door.
  • Let the turkey smoke cook until it has reached 165°F in the thickest part.
  • Remove the turkey from the heat and allow it to rest under a loose piece of foil for about 10 minutes.
  • Slice and serve.