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BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce

This BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce is a perfect summer dish!  Easy, healthy and so delicious!

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Summer suppers in our home are all about the BBQ!  Barbequing is so easy when it’s hot out and you don’t feel like cooking over the stove.  Plus the mouth watering flavour that barbequing gives food, just isn’t comparable to anything else.  And the grilling possibilities are endless…burgers, roasted vegetables, side dishes. So many delicious options.

One thing you may not think to grill on the BBQ, is turkey.  Turkey is a perfect grilling protein.  It’s lean, healthy and so versatile.  There are many cuts to choose from including ground meat, legs, drumsticks, thighs, breast steaks, breast rolls, breast roasts, drummettes, wings, sausages, and burgers.  So much deliciousness.  As I’ve said before, turkey is not just for the holidays!

BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce

One of our favourite ways to serve turkey from the grill is this BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce.  The brown sugar rub is perfect with the turkey, because it adds so much flavour.  I make a small batch of homemade rub, then generously cover the meat with it so you get a delicious taste of sugar and spice in each bite.  Then we toss the turkey onto the grill and cook it up until it’s juicy and tender.

BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce

Once the meat is almost done cooking, we smother it with our favourite BBQ sauce and roast it a little longer…just until the sauce gets nice and sticky!

BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce

Then slice it up like a flank steak and enjoy!

BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce

Doesn’t that just look scrumptious!  I served our grilled turkey with roasted corn on the cob, fresh radishes, zucchini zoodles and warm bread.  A perfect summer meal.  And ready in about 30 minutes.  So easy.

BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce

Just think of the grilling possibilities.  There are so many delicious ways to grill turkey!


BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce

This BBQ Turkey Breast with a Brown Sugar Rub and BBQ Sauce is a perfect summer dish! Easy, healthy and so delicious!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x
  • Category: Turkey
  • Method: Barbecue




  • 1 turkey breast, approx 2 lbs (see notes)

BBQ Sauce:

  • your favourite BBQ sauce

Brown Sugar Rub:

  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 23 tbsp chili powder
  • fresh ground pepper


Brown Sugar Rub:

  1. In a small bowl, combine the salt, brown sugar, chili powder and fresh ground pepper.

Prepare the Turkey Breast:

  1. Separate the fillet from the turkey breast. It should remove easily. We do this for ease of BBQ’ing.
  2. Generously rub the tops of both the turkey breast and the fillet with the rub. (as show in the photo above)

Barbecuing the Turkey Breast:

  1. Preheat your barbecue to high, then, turn down the heat to low/medium.
  2. Add your turkey and roast over the low/medium heat for approximately 20 minutes, (10 minutes on each side), or until the internal temperature measures 165 degrees.  Note:  The fillet will take less time to roast because it is smaller.  It will likely be done in half the time.  Just check it by temperature for doneness.
  3. In the last few minutes, coat the top of the turkey with your favourite BBQ sauce. We like ours to be smothered!
  4. When the turkey is done, remove from heat and let rest under tin foil for a couple of minutes.

Serving the Turkey:

  1. When it is time to serve the turkey, cut the turkey into 3/4 inch slices, cut against the grain.
  2. Serve with cobs of corn, bread and a green vegetable!
  3. Enjoy!


1 (approx 2 lb) turkey breast will feed our family comfortably.

Keywords: barbecue turkey, barbecue turkey breast, brown sugar rub

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Tips for Healthy Grilling:

  • Grill lean and trim the fat.  Using lean cuts of meat with less fat means less flames and smoke on the grill.
  • Infuse flavour into your meats by marinating them with healthy fats like olive oil, adding citrus, beer, wine or vinegar and fresh herbs, spices and rubs.
  • When grilling, go low and slow by grilling over low and medium heat. Cook until a meat thermometer registers 165°F (74°C) in the thickest part of the meat.
  • Practice food safe habits and refrigerate any foods that are marinating longer than 1/2 hour.
  • Cooking entire meals on the grill will give you juicy meat and tasty vegetables.
  • Grilling your food gets you outside where you can hang out with the family while you cook.

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Have a delicious day!

Disclosure:  This post has been sponsored by Canadian Turkey.  I am working with Canadian Turkey as a brand ambassador, and over the next year I am excited to bring you some delicious and easy turkey recipes that I have created!  This recipe, all pictures and words are my own.  We just really love turkey over here!

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  1. This is incredible!! So easy and f**kin delicious.
    I brushed mine with butter on the BBQ to prevent it from sticking.
    Very intelligent recipe. Kudo’s!