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BBQ Pulled Turkey Sandwiches

BBQ Pulled Turkey Sandwiches

By Traeger Kitchen

This wood-fired turkey recipe is grilled then braised to create a flavorful, moist, and tender protein that easily shreds and is lower in fat than pork. Turkey sandwiches are perfect any time of year and for any off road adventure.

Prep Time

15 Minutes

Cook Time

2 Hours




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Units of Measurement:
6 turkey thighs, skin on
As Needed Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub
1 1/2 Cup chicken or turkey broth
As Needed Traeger 'Que BBQ Sauce
6 Whole buns or Kaiser rolls, split
Unsalted butter, softened, as needed for rolls
As Needed Slaw or thinly sliced cabbage, for serving, optional


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 180℉ and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke if available.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C

    Super Smoke

  • 2

    Season the turkey thighs on both sides with Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub.

    • 6  turkey thighs, skin on

    • As Needed Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub

  • 3

    Insert the probe horizontally into a turkey thigh, avoiding the bone, if applicable. Place the turkey thighs directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and smoke for 30 minutes.

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C

  • 4

    Transfer the thighs to a sturdy disposable aluminum foil or roasting pan. Pour the broth around the thighs. Cover the pan with foil or a lid. Increase the grill temperature to 325℉. Roast the thighs until they reach an internal temperature of 180℉.

    325 ˚F / 163 ˚C

    180 ˚F / 82 ˚C

    • 1 1/2 Cup chicken or turkey broth

  • 5

    Remove pan from the grill, and let the turkey thighs cool slightly until they can be comfortably handled.

  • 6

    Pour off the drippings and reserve. Remove the skin and discard. Pull the turkey meat into shreds with your fingers and return the meat to the roasting pan.

  • 7

    Add 1 cup or more of Traeger 'Que BBQ Sauce along with some of the drippings. Recover the pan with foil and reheat the BBQ turkey on the Traeger for 20-30 minutes.

    325 ˚F / 163 ˚C

    • As Needed Traeger 'Que BBQ Sauce

  • 8

    If desired, butter the buns and place cut-side down on the grill grates to toast, 2-3 minutes.

    325 ˚F / 163 ˚C

    • 6 Whole buns or Kaiser rolls, split

    •  Unsalted butter, softened, as needed for rolls

  • 9

    Remove the turkey and toasted buns from the grill. If using, add slaw to the buns, top with turkey, the top bun, and serve warm. Enjoy!

    • As Needed Slaw or thinly sliced cabbage, for serving, optional

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