Crisp & Tasty Turkey Breast

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by danbono, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi All I'm thinking of smoking a 6-8 lbs Turkey breast.Have a few questions.I will be smoking on a COS.

    1. what is the best way to get the skin crispy & tasty.

    2. any thoughts on wood.I have apple/cherry/pecan/hickory.

    3. time & temp. finished temp 170*

    Here are my thoughts start at 250* then raise to 325/350 to crisp up the skin.

    Thanks Dan

    PS I will be binning the breast
  2. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Just my thoughts, don't forget to dry after brining. Its mega important to a crisp skin.
  3. I'm not much of a skin eater so crispy skin isn't as important to me.  More important to me is flavor on the meat itself.  I make a compound butter using my rub and get it under the skin.  That way the meat is flavored as well as having that smokey flavor.  When I do a lot of poultry it's usually so I can make chicken/turkey salad for sammies.  

    You could also smoke it to done then crisp up the skin on the grill.....makes a nice skin for consumption [​IMG]

  4. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi All Here are the results of the smoked Turkey breast, 7.39 lbs

    1. Brined for 19 hrs 1 gal water,1/2 cup sugar,1/2 cup kosher salt, 1/4 cup each of McCormick montreal & chicken seasoning.

    2. Rubbed under the skin with butter/garlic & onion power.Olive oil/garlic& onion power on the skin.

    3. Start temp 325 for a 2 hrs.Then 280/300 till done.

    4. 2 chunks apple and 1 of cherry.

    5. Final temp was close to 180. I didn't keep a close eye on the breast temps.

    6. Total cook time was 3 hr 15 mins

    Breast wasn't as juicy and tasty as the first one I did..Skin wasn't crisp. Could all this be a results of OVER cooking?

    Thanks Dan

    PS My wife thought it was good. I was expecting more of an onion & garlic taste, since It was seasoned heavy.

    Did taste better cold latter at night..[​IMG]

    Last edited: Jun 16, 2014
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    To get a more profound onion/garlic taste you can either add liquid onion/garlic to the brine and brine a bit longer or inject the onion/garlic in a butter medium into the breast meat. The injection is obviously a more guaranteed flavor but it takes a while to learn to do it without pooling the liquid in the meat.

    I am thinking maybe best to just forget the crisp meat till you get your flavor profile the way you want it.

    Cook fowl to 165 IT for a juicy meat with guaranteed government safety. The longer you cook the meat (trying to crisp the skin), the drier it will become.

    The bride said it was good, so you can do it again. That's good. Remember we are all our worst critics, I know I am. Smoking is not math, there is no absolutes. You smoke you learn, but you get to enjoy the time smoking as well as the fruits of all your endeavors. Its like golf, its that one hole that makes us play the other 17 holes....LOL

    Sounds to me like it was a good smoke. Next time watch our temps and if you'll pull a bit sooner you'll probably be a lot happier. But now ya know.

    Looks to me like a great smoke.

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