Can’t head to the islands for vacation?  You can still enjoy traditional Jamaican Jerk in your own backyard. I love spicy food and Jamaican jerk spices are the perfect complement to grilled turkey. This grilled jerk turkey breast recipe is super easy to make and requires very little prep work so you’ll be eating in no time.  Grab a Red Stripe, heat up the grill and let’s make this jerk spiced turkey breast.  Cheers.


Jerk Rubbed Grill Turkey

Course: dinner, entree, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, BBQ, healthy, Poultry, turkey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
let rest: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 448 kcal
Once you've grilled a turkey breast you'll never want to roast one in the oven again.   Cook both halves of the breast to serve 8, cook only one half if you only need to feed 4.


  • 7 lbs Fresh or thawed Turkey Breast Split in half
  • 2 limes cut into wedges
  • mesquite wood chips

Jerk Spice Rub Ingredients

  • 1 T onion flakes
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 T olive oil extra virgin
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 2 t ground thyme
  • 2 t dried chives
  • 2 t salt
  • 1 t ground allspice
  • 1 t black pepper
  • 1 t cayenne
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cinnamon


Turkey Preparation:

  1. Clean turkey thoroughly. Pat dry. Loosen skin.
  2. Cut slits in turkey breast and place cloves of garlic in the slits

  3. Pierce turkey breast gently with a fork and then rub with Jerk spice rub under the skin.

  4. Let Turkey Breast rest in a cool place for at least 30 minutes.

  5. Wrap turkey bone side down in heavy duty foil and place on a grill preheated to 400° for indirect grilling.
  6. Place mesquite chips in a heatproof/flameproof container or directly on coals.

  7. Cook for an hour to an hour & 1/2 - grilling time will vary based on the consistency of heat. At 45 minutes open the foil packet to expose the top of the breast.

  8. Turkey is done when juices run clear or a meat thermometer reads 165° when inserted into the thickest part of the breast.
  9. Let rest for 15 minutes then carve and serve with lime wedges.

Jerk Rub Preparation:

  1. Mix all ingredients together. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. This rub will last several months, so if you want to make a large batch adjust the measurements accordingly.

Nutrition Facts
Jerk Rubbed Grill Turkey
Amount Per Serving
Calories 448 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 214mg71%
Sodium 1402mg61%
Potassium 1066mg30%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 86g172%
Vitamin A 1030IU21%
Vitamin C 15.2mg18%
Calcium 89mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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