Apple-Spice Brine for Turkey Breast

"This is the recipe I developed for a turkey breast destined for my stove-top smoker. I'll never make another turkey breast without using this method. It was so moist and flavorful! UPDATE: Just smoked a large turkey breast on the stove top using an enamel roasting pan, with lid. I made a small tray of aluminum foil for the wood chips and placed at one end on the bottom of the roaster . Placed a sheet of heavy duty foil on top of wood chips as a drip tray (turned up corners to catch juices). Then placed a small rack (I used a collapsible steam basket) on top of the foil to hold the meat. Once smoke started, I placed the roaster lid on top and then crimped heavy duty foil over the top. Worked perfectly! Besure to run the vent on the stove or open a window slightly. The smell within the house was heavenly!"
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Ready In:
4hrs 15mins




  • In saucpan stir together, apple cider, brown sugar, salt, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and add water and allow to cool.
  • Place poultry in a container large enough to hold the poultry (I used plastic container for a turkey breast).
  • Pour cooled brine over poultry and seal. (If using a ziplock bag, squeeze out as much as possible before sealing).
  • Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.

  • Add 2 tablespoon Alder wood to bottom of stove-top smoker.
  • Line drip tray with foil and spray.
  • Remove turkey from brine and place on rack.
  • Use closing lid if possible, otherwise fashion an aluminum tent for the cover.
  • Follow stove-smokers manufacture instructions for smoking poultry.

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  1. This was great - instead of a smoker, I baked it at 350 degrees convection for approx 3 hrs for 8+ lb breast - before baking, I rubbed skin with olive oil and seasoned with salt & pepper. It was a hit with my family (and my cats!)
  2. ***I am only reviewing the brine recipe*** Easy recipe that is well explained for the beginning briner. Flavorful results! I will use this again next year. Thanks!
  3. Yum! This had a great taste with just a hint of sweetness from the cider. We soaked our turducken breast (which was just over a pound) over night. The meat was nice and moist. Thanks for the recipe.


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