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February 07, 2023
Why spend all day in the kitchen when you can leisurely grill on the Goldens’? These juicy smoked turkey breasts are the perfect simple holiday meal. They’re filled with my delicious Chicken Injection and seasoned with two of my competition-winning rubs.
Turkey breast is a fantastic alternative to cooking the whole bird. It’s easier to cook, and there’s a lot less fuss. With my grilling method, you’ll be able to fix it and forget it..at least for a couple of hours. This turkey recipe is proof that everything tastes better on the pit.
This is one of the simplest holiday turkeys you’ll ever make. It cooks low and slow, keeping the juices in the meat where they belong. Each bite is filled with alluring spices and finished with the perfect golden crust. Friends and family will be begging for the recipe.
Smoked turkey breasts with less than ten ingredients? Count me in. There’s a common misconception that you need a lot of elements to make a fancy meal. That couldn’t be further from the truth. A few well-crafted rubs can take you far. Here’s what you need to add to your shopping cart.
Here’s the main equipment I used to make this delicious turkey breast. You can find more of my favorite things in the equipment and tools section.
You can find a detailed demonstration of this recipe in the recipe video and card at the bottom of this post. Enjoy this brief overview of how I pulled this holiday meal together.
The turkey breasts came out of the Goldens’ picture-perfect. They were dripping with juice and had a beautifully spiced bark. The meat was melt-in-your-mouth good, with plenty of flavor in each taste.
These turkey breasts cooked for about 2 ½ hours. For reference, I had two cuts of meat, about 4-5 pounds a piece. If your turkey breasts vary in size, you may have to adjust your cooking time.
One of the best things about this meat cut is its versatility. Dress it up or down; the choice is yours. Here’s some inspiration.
If you have leftovers, keep them covered in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. If you don’t think you’ll eat it that fast, store it in the freezer for up to 6 months. To reheat, simply thaw in the fridge and cook as usual. It should taste just the same as when you originally cooked it.
Skin you turkey breasts.
Make sure your grill is at 325º and create a 2-zone fire.
Mix 16 ounces of water (use chicken brother or stock if you prefer) with 1/4 cup of Heath Riles BBQ Chicken Injection and Brine. Shake mixture well.
After mixing, fill your injection needle. Begin to fill your turkey breasts until they are plump with injection.
Once completely injected, flip over your turkey breasts and pat dry with a paper towel.
Season both sides of your turkey breasts with Heath Riles BBQ Chicken and Competition BBQ Rub.
Place your turkey breasts on the cool side your grill. Cook for 2 hours. Spritz every 30 minutes.
After 2 hours, spin your turkey breasts.
Once your turkey is hitting 160º internally, take your turkey breasts off the grill. We were hitting 160º after about 2.5 hours.
Take off the grill and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. Slice and enjoy!
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