Brined Whole Turkey Breast


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This homemade brine makes all the difference in the world when preparing turkey.

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  • Brine:
  • 2/3 C. kosher salt
  • 1/2 C. honey
  • 10 whole allspice, crushed
  • 1/4 C. peeled and coarsely chopped fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, bruised with side of knife
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 whole turkey breast, 5 to 6 lb.
  • 1 Tbs. butter, melted

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To prepare the brine, in a large, 8-quart stockpot, dissolve the salt in 2 C. 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 C. 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.

Yield: 6 servings

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