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Brined Whole Turkey Breast


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  • 1 whole turkey breast - (5 to 6 lbs)
  • 1 tablespoon butter melted
  • 2/3 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 10 whole allspice crushed
  • 1/4 cup coarsely-chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves bruised with
  • the side of a knife
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick


Servings 6


Step 1

To prepare The Brine: In a large, 8-quart stockpot, dissolve the salt in 2 cups of very hot water. Add the rest of the brine ingredients and stir to combine. Cool to room temperature.

Rinse the turkey breast under cold water, drain, and place the turkey in the brine. Surround it with about 6 cups of ice cubes. Add enough water to totally cover the turkey breast by at least 1/2 inch. Carefully stir the brine one last time. Cover and refrigerate 12 hours or overnight.

Remove the turkey breast from the pot and discard the brine. Pat turkey dry with paper towels.

Place the turkey, skin-side up, in a roasting pan set in a disposable aluminum pan. Brush the skin with the melted butter. Grill over Indirect Medium heat until the skin is golden and the internal temperature reaches 170 degrees, about 1 1/2 hours. Transfer the turkey breast to a cutting board and let it rest for 15 minutes before carving into thin slices.

This recipe yields 6 servings.

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