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How To Grill A Whole Turkey Breast

Written by

Mike Lang

When it comes to food, Thanksgiving is all about the turkey. Unfortunately, for as much as I love to grill a whole turkey, available time and more importantly, the number of eaters, require a different plan. Enter, the turkey breast.

A turkey breast is literally the turkey without the wings, thighs, and legs, as found on an unbutchered turkey. At 5 to 6 pounds, it’s anywhere from one half to one third the size of a full-size bird. The smaller size means faster grilling, and when only looking to feast with 4 to 6 people, it’s the perfect portion.

Some may argue, like uh, me, that the white breast meat is not as flavorful as the darker meat found in the thighs and legs. While this may seem like a trade-off, there is an easy process to pack more flavor into the breast meat: a brine.

By soaking the turkey breast in a saltwater solution, we can increase the moisture and flavor found in the meat as the brine allows the turkey to retain water during grilling. Our turkey just got better.

Speaking of brines, here is a fantastic recipe by Jamie Purviance. Chock full of aromatics, this brine produces exceptional flavor possibly making the turkey breast your new go-to Thanksgiving feast.

Recipe from by Jamie Purviance

Brined Whole Turkey Breast

  • People

    Serves 6

  • Prep Time

    10 mins

  • Brining Time

    12 h

  • Grilling Time

    1:30 h

the Ingredients

  • Brine
  • ⅔ cup kosher salt
  • 2 cups hot water
  • ½ cup honey
  • 10 whole allspice, crushed
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
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  • 6 cups ice cubes
  • 1 whole turkey breast, 5 to 6 pounds
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Instructions

  • 01 In a large 8-quart stockpot, dissolve the salt in the hot water. Add the rest of the brine ingredients and stir to combine. Let cool to room temperature. Add the ice cubes to the brine.
  • 02 Rinse the turkey breast under cold water and then place it in the brine. Add enough cold water to totally cover the turkey breast by at least ½ inch. Carefully stir the brine again. Cover and refrigerate for about 12 hours.
  • 03 Remove the turkey breast from the stockpot and discard the brine. Pat dry with paper towels.
  • 04 Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F ).
  • 05 Place the turkey, skin side up, in a roasting rack set inside a large disposable foil pan. Brush the skin with the melted butter. Grill the turkey breast over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, until the skin is golden and the internal temperature reaches 160 to 165ºF in the thickest part of the breast (not touching the bone), about 1½ hours. Remove from the grill and let rest for 15 minutes (the internal temperature a few degrees during this time). Cut into thin slices.

Your Must Have

Tools

Tongs With Turkey Breast On Genesis Ii 6

1. Premium Tools
Turn and move the turkey, or even rearrange charcoal with the greatest of ease with these tongs.

Mit With Turkey Breast On Genesis Ii 5

2. Barbecue Mitt
Protect your hands and look like a pro doing so.

I Grill Mini Mit Tongs With Genesis Ii 2

3. iGrill
Turkeys take a long time to cook and with the colder weather that most of us have in November, you are going to want your grill to stay nice and warm, so that means no peeking! This is where the iGrill comes in! The iGrill is an app-connected thermometer that will send alerts right to your phone about the internal doneness of the turkey. Trust me, you are going to be thankful for this accessory!  

Turkey Breast On Genesis Ii 4

4. Premium Barbecue Rack
The two-in-one design of the Premium Barbecue Rack holds multiple slabs of ribs to increase space on your cooking grates, and can also be used as a sturdy cradle for juicy roasts.

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