First turkey breast smoke attempt

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by gruelurks, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. gruelurks

    gruelurks Smoking Fanatic

    Picked up this breast section today, a bit pricey, but it's fresh and never frozen they say. Not having smoked a turkey breast before, I was looking for some feedback on favorite wood flavors, seasonings, etc... I am going to brine it Friday night until Sunday morning. Then I plan to cook it as hot as my MES can get, until hit hits the 165 mark, hoping to get a nice crispy skin on it. Suggestions from you turkey fans?

  2. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like you have a plan. I go easy on the spices ETC, so as not to over power the meat flavor. I use garlic, lemon pepper, and a dash of sea salt.

    The last few I made I made pastramie out of it, man it was good. Carol wants that for slicing for Thanksgiving.

    Good luck!!
  3. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    An ideal brine time for a 14 lb turkey is approx 10-16 hours. It sounds like you intend to brine for 36 hours? Since you are doing a breast, I'd recommend you reconsider your brine times or you will end up with some salty meat.
  4. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'd brine that no more en 8 hours. I don't own a MES, but from what I've heard they don't get real hot. If ya wan't crisp skin ya need 300° - 350°. If ya can't get there with yer rig, pull it outa the smoker say at 145° - 155° an then pop it in the oven ta crisp up the skin an taker ta 165° -170° internal.
  5. gruelurks

    gruelurks Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks, notes duly noted on brine time, spices and crispy skin. After thinking for a bit, I thought I might smoke till it hits 145 like mentioned, then popping it in the gas grill with indirect heat to crisp it up from there. I'm also going to see if I can use my beer can chicken stand for it with a can of IPA in it's neck. :)
  6. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    Now you're talking :)
  7. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sounds like a plan, keep the qview coming...

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