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Brined, Slow-Cooked Turkey Breast

Why brine? Brining seasons the turkey without making it salty. It also helps draw moisture into the meat for a juicier result. Serve with: grilled vegetables or Corn-and-Zucchini Saute with Basil.

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  • Servings: 8
Brined, Slow-Cooked Turkey Breast

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2009

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups coarse salt
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 whole turkey breast (5 to 6 pounds), thawed if frozen

Directions

  1. In a large stockpot, dissolve salt and sugar in 1 gallon cool water. Place turkey, bone side up, in brine and weight it with a plate. Refrigerate 6 to 8 hours. Rinse turkey thoroughly under cool water and pat dry with paper towels.

  2. Set up grill for indirect cooking. Place turkey on grill, away from hot coals; cover, keeping vent holes open over meat. Grill until cooked through, or an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of turkey registers 165 degrees, about 1 1/2 hours (if using a charcoal grill, add a couple handfuls of charcoal every half hour to maintain heat). Let rest 10 minutes before slicing.

Variations

Oven Method: Roast brined turkey on a rimmed baking sheet at 350 degrees until cooked through, about 1 1/2 hours.

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