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Red eye rub smoked turkey

Homesmoked turkey with red eye rub

The Red Eye Rub and gravy have gained a lot of popularity over the years! The coffee based flavorizer earned it's legendary status on the combination with pork! Some know it's great with steak but only some know how delicious this rub tastes on poultry! So here we go! Red Eye Rubbed Smoked Turkey Filet for you to make!

Course Main Course, Poultry, rub
Keyword filet, poultry, Red eye rub, Rub, smoked, turkey
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 People


  • 4 pcs. Turkey (or chicken) about 200 gr./piece
  • Smokewood apple, olive, vines, ...

Red eye rub

  • 6 parts Paprika powder
  • 4 parts salt
  • 2 parts cumin
  • 2 parts coffee powder
  • 2 parts cane sugar
  • 2 parts cinnamon
  • 1 part chili powder
  • 1 part freshly ground black pepper


Homemade Red Eye Rub

  1. Mix all red eye rub ingredients thoroughly by hand breaking up any clumps! I use parts as measuring unit so you can chose how much of the rub you make by taking spoons, cups, ...

  2. Rub the Turkey Filet with your homemade Red Eye Rub (or use the Dizzy Pig red eye express rub).

Smoking time

  1. Prepare your BBQ for indirect cooking on low temperature (about 100°C/210°F). When using a kamado this is the moment to use your heat deflector

  2. Add a couple of chunks smokewood (cherry, apple, Mesquite, ...) to the coals and wait till the smoke turns blue before adding the turkey filets!

  3. Smoke the turkey filets low and slow until they reach an internal temperature from 74°C/165°F. This takes about an hour depending on the meat and temperature. 

Serve hot or let the smoked turkey cool down to use it in a salad or take it with you for lunch! Enjoy!