Timber 2 Table - Bacon Bourbon Rubbed Wild Turkey Skewers

This quick and easy wild turkey recipe works equally well as an appetizer or main course.

Bacon Bourbon Rubbed Wild Turkey Skewers

30 Min

Prep Time

15 Min

Cook Time





Looking for a quick, easy and delicious way to grill up your wild turkey? Try this version rubbed with a sweet and spicy paste that includes bacon, Uncle Josh's sorghum, and bourbon, two of my favorite things.

Process into a smooth paste.

Serve this one up as an appetizer or a main course. The skewers cook in only a few minutes, making it a perfect recipe for an easy snack at camp or to hold hungry guests until the rest of the meal is ready.


1/4 cup bourbon

2-3 pounds wild turkey breast, cut into strips

4 tablespoons sorghum

3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon ground white pepper

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

2 tablespoons smoked paprika

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

4 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar

8 slices uncooked bacon, cut into small pieces

Bamboo skewers, soaked in water

Cooking Instructions

Cut the turkey breast into strips roughly 1 inch by 1 inch by 4 to 6 inches long. Brine for 3 to 5 hours in a mixture of salt, brown sugar and water (2 quarts water, ½ cup salt, ½ cup brown sugar works well).

Slice the turkey into strips across the grain for more tenderness.

Run the skewer lengthwise through the turkey. Using your hand (you might want to wear a rubber or vinyl glove) coat the turkey well with the paste.

Grill the skewers for 7-9 minutes per side or until the turkey is cooked through and the coating has set.

Preheat your Traeger Grill to 400 degrees. Grill the skewers for 5 to 7 minutes per side or until the coating is golden brown and the turkey is just cooked through.