How To Use A Cheesecloth On Your Turkey


A great way to prevent the turkey breast from getting too dark and drying out is to use a soaked cheesecloth for the first half of the cook.   If you choose to use woods with your turkey, the skin will darken but the cheesecloth will help protect it and give the skin a beautiful golden brown color.

In order to use a cheesecloth, you need to soak it in a liquid, we have a great recipe below for butter and wine sauce.  You can also add extra flavor to your turkey by basting it with the extra butter and wine sauce. 

Follow the steps below for making this sauce:

Put 1/2 a stick of unsalted butter and 1cup of white wine in a saucepan over medium-low heat until the butter has melted. 

Soak the cheesecloth in the wine and butter.

Once it’s cool enough to handle, lift the cheesecloth out of the liquid and gently squeeze any excess liquid out of the cloth. Drape the cloth evenly over the breast of the turkey.

Place the turkey on the grill and following the turkey tips for your grill. Follow our charcoal turkey step-by-step instructions here, our gas turkey tips here and our smoker guide here.

Halfway through the grilling time, carefully remove the cheesecloth from the turkey and use the remaining butter/wine mixture to baste the turkey.

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Looking for more turkey inspiration?  Be sure to check out more tips here.