Prep 12 hrs
Cook 4 hrs
Turkey is very tasty done on the grill.
- 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 3 bay leaves
- 4 -6 garlic cloves, sliced
- 4 cups water
- 1⁄2 cup kosher salt
- 1 (6 -8 lb) bone-in turkey breast
- salt and pepper
- softened butter
- Mix brine ingredients into water and stir until salt is completely dissolved. Place rinsed turkey into brine mixture in a food-safe container (roasting bags are good) with enough brine mixture to cover completely when bag is cinched. Refrigerate bird in brine mixture for about 12 hours.
- Drain bird and pat dry. Meanwhile, soak mesquite chips in enough water to cover for approximately 30 minutes. Drain chips and place in small handfuls onto foil and make pouches with little holes pricked in the foil with a fork.
- Prepare grill for indirect heat using a drip pan. Place liquid of your choice into drip pan (water or low carb beer is good). Rub turkey breast with softened butter on the outside and season with salt and pepper (add garlic if you like). Oil grill screen and put a pouch of mesquite chips directly on the coals.
- Place turkey over the drip pan and cover grill. Grill for several hours, turning turkey as needed, and adding a pouch of chips and a few new coals about every 30-45 minutes to maintain a steady heat. Cook until meat in the deepest part of the breast reads 170°F (you will need an instant read thermometer for this). Allow bird to sit for 15-30 minutes, undisturbed, before carving to maintain juiciness.
I've used this recipe twice now and it has become my family's favorite way to eat turkey. I have tweaked it a bit to meet my needs. I use boneless turkey breast roasts (easier for cutting) and brine for about 5 hours instead of 12. I also use hickory chips because I prefer their flavor to that of mesquite and use mayo instead of softened butter. (Someone told me a long time ago to use mayo for turkeys and I've never gone back- it really seals in the moisture of the turkey.) I whole-heartedly recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a GREAT new way to make turkey. Thank you Sue Lau for sharing!