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If you cook it breast face down, you risk undercooking the bird. Place the Turkey Into the Smoker. This will take 5 min to put together and then let the slow cooker do the rest. No worries! I am smoking 2 7 lbs bonesless turkey breats. depending on what you have available. Picnic Turkey breasts come as bone-in and boneless but I prefer to purchase the whole bone-in turkey breast and I'll either cook them just like they are or sometimes I'll spatchcock them or even debone them before putting it in the smoker. Also, the cooking time is way off. Chuck Roast Warning: This requires a lot of elbow grease and determination and if you have a butcher that will do this for you, I highly recommend it. I've found that by dividing a turkey into its separate parts, it will take less time to cook in the smoker. We don’t typically think of a Thanksgiving meal without a turkey. SMF Premier Member. Make up a batch and if it's not as good as you've heard.. simply ask for a refund. You may need to occasionally check the wood chips to ensure they’re still smoking; if they’re not, toss another handful on the burner you’re using for heat. Salmon Once you have chosen and made the brine that you want to use: Put the turkey breast into a gallon size Ziploc bag and pour the brine over the turkey until it is completely submerged. Leg/Drumstick Great recipe, turkey came out moist and full of flavor. So ditch the oven, fire up the smoker and let’s get started. Insert a digital probe meat thermometer, if you have one, into the thickest part of the breast or thigh. per person attending.I f you like to have plenty of leftovers for the freezer or cooking up a big batch of soup, plan on double that, about 2 lbs of turkey … I also often add a bit of what’s left in the herb garden (usually sage, rosemary and maybe some thyme if it’s survived the cold) along with a lemon, an onion, a garlic bulb and maybe a soda or some cider into the water bath. Whichever way you choose, be sure to use a food thermometer to … But if you’re curious—or short on time—you should try the various approaches to determine which works best for you.). You really don’t need that much coal if you’re cooking at such a low temperature, as the coals won’t burn up as fast. I plan 2 hours of smoking and about 6 minutes of searing for larger 5 pound boneless, skinless turkey breasts. Add the salt and stir until it is completely dissolved. Also have a look at the manufacturer’s guide for smoking on the Big Green Egg. Dump the lit briquettes on the unlit and let it kindle for 5-10 minutes. Have you ever smoked oysters on the half shell. Next week we'll be talking about double smoking an injected ham as well as cooking a turkey that's been deconstructed into individual pieces such as legs, thighs, wings, etc. Whether you’re using a smoker or a grill, have the bird breast side up. Never dry... Apr 18, 2011 #5 mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster. LOL Do you mean flip it over after that initial hour of smoke time? Because of the injected marinade the meat was juicy and tender. I agree, why can’t I print this? And there’s no need to invest in a smoker, seeing as you can jury-rig your grill for smoking. Turn off all the burners but the one beneath the foil packet. One odd thing to be aware of if you use the EGG v-rack. I know, my OCD got the best of me but I ended up with a deboned turkey that might have made my butcher proud and then again, he may have furrowed his brow at me.. who knows. Don't forget the butter and rub under the skin too. Continue to smoke the turkey, maintaining the proper temperature in the smoker or the grill, until the internal temperature reads 165°F, which could take as little as 2 hours more or as long as 4 hours more, depending on the size of the bird and the precise temperature in the smoker or grill. Photo © 2012, 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper, Pastéis de Nata ~ Portuguese Custard Tarts. I’ve smoked a few turkeys now, in my old beat-up Brinkmann Gourmet electric smoker –with the water bowl in place, it holds pretty steady between 220º and 240º. Place the turkey, breast side up, directly on the grate over the drip pan. I really, really appreciate the support from my newsletter friends and be sure to let me know if you have any questions about this. The safe temperature for turkey is 165 degrees but we know that it will rise 5 or more degrees during the resting period so take it out of the smoker at 160 degrees and wrap it in foil for about 30 minutes before carving. Try it—you’ll like it! Did the brine set temp at 225 f. Brest showed 170 f  at 31/2 hrs. Toss a handful of unsoaked wood chips directly on the charcoal. Brining is something I always do just because the payback is so big and awesome. I hope this is useful for someone. Smoking the Turkey. Thin Blue LLC/Smoking-Meat.com © 2004-2020 All rights reserved. During the last hour, baste every 30 minutes. Now you have some additional options in preparing the turkey breast for smoking: you can also spatchcock (butterfly) or debone the turkey breast. Happy Thanksgiving! With the turkey breast, breast side down, use a pair of kitchen shears to cut out the backbone. Much larger than this and the meat stays in the danger zone (40-140 degrees) for too long and that is just asking for trouble. Step 5 Remove turkey, … Note: Don't stress over the keel/breast bone if you can't get it out or break it in the center. Pulled Pork Some smokers are easier than others but it all comes down to heat + smoke for a prescribed amount of time. Breast Jeff, have you ever smoked a 15 lb turkey in a Bradley electric 4-rack smoker? It only took 2 hours and 45 minutes to cook my 14-pound bird. Forwarding this to my manservant. Instead of brining the bird (I forgot), I injected it with a light marinade and dried it off again. Place the turkey breast side down for a couple of hours directly on the smoker grate or you can use a Bradley rack if you have them available. Love them. Special Equipment: Apple or mesquite wood or wood chips. The book is full of recipes and contains tons of helpful information as well. Turkey Breast Ingredients. Season skin side and meat side with a little olive oil then shake or sprinkle on my rub (purchase recipe here) generously. You can absolutely, positively use my drumstick removal method before smoking the turkey. Prime Rib If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #LeitesCulinaria. They plump up when you cook it breast up, but the light color remained. Fill the bottom ring of the smoker about halfway up to the first circle with unlit briquettes; this will be equivalent to one chimney starter. Just cut from front to back on both sides of the backbone and the turkey will lay out like an open book. (You can instead smoke the bird the whole time at 275°F to 300°F, but the cooking time will be much shorter than what is stated in the above recipe. I used cherry wood chips to smoke it with and used almost all of the 3 smoke packs. I’m lost. Use a cleaver to break the keel bone (breast bone) or you can use a sharp knife to cut on both sides of the keel bone and remove it. Not your normal dry turkey. Place 6 wood chunks (4 cherry and 2 hickory) in an X shape on the bottom charcoal grate. Soak in brine 8-12 hr. Placing the bird breast side up is important because this is the thickest part of the turkey. Set your timer for 90 minutes. Then add the brown sugar and rub and stir until it dissolved as much as possible. Over the years, I have come up with several really good brines and I have included the recipes below. Then tell us. Dan, your turkey sounds lovely! Sirloin Tip Smoking in the backyard gives you a legitimate need to excuse yourself from your mother-in-law’s clutches and go outside to get lit on Thanksgiving. Here's a chart to help you with the different options, times, temperature, etc. Then add the rub and stir until it is dissolved as much as possible. Smoked Turkey Breast vs. Smoked Whole Turkey. Once you can fit your hands in there, pull the skin away from the turkey without tearing it and pour 2-3 TBS of my rub (purchase recipe here) between the skin and the meat and rub it into the meat with your hands as good as you can. Gallery Smoked Bone-in Turkey Breast . Usually you can place a turkey breast into a large Ziploc container and use less than 1 gallon of brine to cover it. Trussing the meat will expose the breast meat and cook both light and dark to … Trout If your turkey breasts are smaller (or you are using chicken breasts) you will reduce the time … Smoke turkey, maintaining temperature inside smoker between 225° and 250°, for 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 165°. Just as soon as they reach 160 degrees, remove from the smoker and immediately wrap each half individually in foil for 30 minutes to rest. I use a Masterbuit electric smoker! Have a picture you'd like to add to your comment? I do mine breast up looking at you. Super simple and tastes amazing! Loin [The recipe says to cook a 12-pounder for 6 hours, but I took my turkey off when the thickest part of the breast meat reached 150°F (66°C), not the 160°F to 170°F (71°C to 77°C) others recommended. Slow-cooking over indirect heat, with the legs pointed toward the heat source (legs can handle higher heat than delicate breast meat can), in order to very gently and evenly cook the breast meat and give ample time for the turkey to build up smoky flavor. Set your smoker up for smoking at about 230 degrees F. Use a water pan if you have one and I recommend a good flavorful smoke such as cherry, hickory, apple, maple, etc. Then add the rub and stir until it is dissolved as much as possible. Turn the turkey over to the breast side facing up. It also makes it possible to end up with a perfectly cooked breast every time. Place the turkey, breast side down, directly on the grate over indirect heat (that is to say, opposite the lit burner and the foil packet). I started out with a old Brinkman water smoker ( turned it into a electric ) , it was ok at the time but took to long to cook a turkey. I love your recipes. At around the 3 hour mark, insert a digital probe meat thermometer into the breast of the turkey to begin monitoring the internal temperture. Brisket Tenderloin To crisp the skin on your turkey, see the variation that follows the recipe.–Jeff Phillips. Newsletter Archive, Poultry. Another option is to smoke several turkey breasts rather than whole turkeys. This combination of breast side down, then breast side up … I own a Big Green Egg and cooked the turkey in that. The are in brine now and not tied up. Dark meat is cooked until at 175°F, and light breast meat is best at 165°F. I don't necessarily remove the keel bone (breast bone) of the turkey like I do in the chicken, I simply use a cleaver to break it in the center to help it open up better. Just like the whole turkey that we talked about last week, you will want to brine the turkey. Rub the salt and pepper on the outside of the turkey. Remove the turkey from the smoker or grill and allow it to rest for 30 minutes before carving. In our home it has always been a smoked turkey. If you enjoy the newsletter and would like to do something helpful, then.. Burgers Note: when smoking turkey always purchase one that is no more than 12-14 pounds. Add the salt and stir until it is completely dissolved. Tenderloins As well as dividing up the work and cutting down stress for everyone. I have been using your rub and barbecue recipes for years. The main thing is for the turkey to lay somewhat flat on the smoker grate while it cooks. Oh, and you’re welcome. I promise you’ll love my dry rub/seasoning recipe and my barbecue sauce recipe or you don’t pay! And as always, please take a gander at our comment policy before posting. Place the turkey on the smoker breast side down with the heat regulated to around 225° or so. If using a smoker, prepare it for cooking at 225° to 240°F and have enough smoking wood ready to last 3 to 4 hours or so. Smoked turkey breast is a better option for folks who do not care for dark meat or if you are cooking for a smaller crowd. Moderator. Should I tie them up before putting them on the smoker? But then in step 4, you say “whether using a smoker or grill, place the bird breast side up.” So… whaddya mean!? I used hickory on this turkey breast. Electric smoking is more controlled and sometimes easier to gain that perfectly smoked whole chicken. Keeping only 2 burners out of 5 on, I placed 1 packet over the live burners to create the smoke. Burnt Ends Spare Ribs I have NEVER deboned a turkey before this one.. if you find that surprising then you may remember me saying in times past that I am in no way a professional meat cutter or turkey carver or anything of the sort. Hello! If the wings, breast, or other parts of the turkey start to get too brown, cover them with pieces of foil. If using a charcoal grill, place a metal drip pan in the center of the grill under the grate. A Cut Up Turkey Cooks Quicker. Regarding your specific instructions, I am surprised no one else pointed this out yet, after being on the web for 7+ years… In step 3, you say to place the bird on the smoker grate breast side down. After about 30 minutes, remove from the foil, slice and serve immediately. The combination of the weight of the bird plus the smoke gives the bird deep light colored horizontal grooves. My father used to smoke a turkey, too. Carve the smoked turkey breast and serve immediately. The end result was a golden bird with crisp skin and a light smoky flavor. Thanks Jeff, first time cooking anything turkey. I’m going to run the risk of receiving a barrage of abuse and argue against this. Long time Industrial Engineer turned self-proclaimed fire poker, pitmaster and smoke whisperer and loving every minute of it! Knowing this tip will enable you to prevent overcooking the breast. This implies that you will have to smoke it for 3 hours. The United States Department of Agriculture advises to cook a whole turkey breast side up during the entire cooking time. I’d certainly be happy to do this again. Abbe, I’m not certain which image called to mind by your comment I love more, the one of your father tending a dozen grills in the backyard or the one of you having a manservant! Four hours at 240 and color was great, internal was 145 F, I double wrapped and let it go another hour, 165-170 temps, allowed it to rest before having Mom carve it. How Much Turkey Should I Plan Per Person. I am guessing 4.5 hours at 230-240 for planning purposes? Smoked Turkey Recipe © 2012 Jeff Phillips. Butt/Shoulder Brine it the same way and time. Pile hot charcoal on either side of the drip pan and close the lid. I have your book and really like. Tilapia, All Seafood Do you put rub on non-skin sie if you debone it? Place the turkey, breast side down, directly on the smoker grate. 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