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Smoked Turkey Bacon Ranch Panini

Cooks in 1 hour, 30 minutes
Serves 6






Nick Ray, @Biscuits_n_Briskets


  • 1 whole turkey breast or turkey roast (whatever you can get)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 tbsp of your favorite BBQ rub
  • Tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Jalapeno
  • Ciabatta bread
  • Dressing of your choice (I used Ranch)


Turkey is one of my family’s favorite proteins to eat.  This one will knock your socks off folks and I’m going to show you how I did it. 

I started by getting some of my homemade bacon in the oven and cooked it until it was crispy.  If you don’t have homemade bacon don’t worry.  Some good, thick cut bacon from the grocery store will do the trick.

Next take that turkey and clean it up.  After you get it cleaned up lets get it seasoned up.  For this, I did something a little different. I took a stick of butter and left it on the counter to soften up.  Once softened, I added a tablespoon of GrillGirl’s Sunshine State of Mind Craft BBQ Rub and incorporated it with the butter. 

Next I rub the turkey all over with the butter mixture and stick it in the fridge for a few minutes while I get the grill lit.  I used my Primo for this cook over a bed of The Good Charcoal.  I also added some of the Barrel Proof bourbon chips for some good smoke flavor.  

Once the grill reaches 350 degrees you are ready to go.  Grab that turkey and let it ride.  Depending on the size of the turkey (I used a 2 pound turkey breast) will determine how long it cooks.  This one took about an hour or until the internal temp reaches 165.

While the turkey is cooking I go back inside to prepare the other ingredients for the sandwich.  I thinly sliced some tomatoes and rinsed the lettuce.  I also cut the bacon in half so it would fit on the bread better.  You can add whatever ingredients you like to the sandwich.  

Once the turkey was finished I brought it inside and let it rest for about 15 minutes.  After resting I sliced into this bird and got ready to assemble my sandwich. 

For the bread, I used ciabatta bread and started with a layer of that bacon.  Then added the lettuce tomato and some ranch dressing to that.  Topped it with some jalapenos and of course piled on that turkey.  Put the top of the bun on and then placed it on the panini press.  Leave it on the press for about 3 minutes or until that bread is nice and toasty. 

This was a simple meal that anyone can do and was definitely a crowd pleaser.