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Smoking Turkey Breast

Discussion in 'Food Forum' started by California Jack, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. California Jack

    California Jack Millennium Member

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    Got a new smoker for xmas, a Masterbuilt. Having fun with it, so fae done 4 chickens, a brisket and I have a Boston Butt going as we speak. Next is a turkey breast. I plan to brine it and than smoke it over either hickory or mesquite.

    So my question is about how long will I need to smoke a turkey breast? I know to use a meat thermometer, but in planning I need an estimate on how long it will cook.

    Any thought on brining?

    Thanks,
    Jack
     
  2. jason10mm

    jason10mm NRA-GOA-TSRA

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    go to www.virtualweberbullet.com

    Not the same smoker, but a TON of good advice and recipies.

    I have the bullet and failed on my first smoke. It was a whole chicken and I couldn't get it hot enough. It was a cold and very windy day though, so I think I didn't have enough charcoal to compensate. The cooked parts tasted good though :)
     

  3. Garweh

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    Assuming a 7 to 8 pound turkey breast, I smoke mine at 225-250 degrees F for approximately 4 hours. I have smoked many turkey breasts and have never brined any. IF properly smoked, the turkey should remain moist. I usually use a rub. I can see the advantage to brining for extra flavor, but it could clash with the smoke flavor.
     
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    I always brine my turkey. It comes out great. I also use one of those thermometers on a cord that you leave in the meat and can set it to alarm at a temp. It comes out better than turkey breast in the deli case without all the extra crap. I usually brine with salt, sugar, garlic powder, and sage.
     
  5. California Jack

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    It is done. Brined for 24 hours in salt, water, sugar and teragon. On the smoker for 4.5 hours. Smoked over mesquite.

    For my first turkey breast attempt I was pleased!

    Thanks for the input everyone.