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Offline elevernier

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Turkey Breast 1st time
« on: November 22, 2016, 09:56:52 AM »
Doing to 5lb turkey breast in my Bradley Thursday.  The turkey breast I am using says basted with 3% of turkey broth, salt, sugar, vinegar, and other natural flavoring, two questions, is it already brined?  Going to use apple pucks, how long should I plan for two of these in the smoker in about 45 degree weather up here in Chicago. 
Should I plan on using the oven at all?  What internal temp should I cook to?

Offline tskeeter

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Re: Turkey Breast 1st time
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2016, 09:06:35 PM »
Your breast is already brined.

When I do an 8 or 9 pound bone in breast, I smoke for about three hours with apple.  For total cook time to a temp of 170, I plan for about 5 1/2 hours.  Since your breasts are smaller, you shouldn't need as long.  I'm guessing about four hours.

Preheat your smoker for about half an hour before adding the turkey.

Let the turkey warm up on the counter for a half hour or so (the breasts are on the smaller side, so less time) before placing in the smoker.

A foil wrapped brick tucked under your puck burner acts as a heat sink, improving your heat recovery when you add the meat.  If you do this, increase your preheat time to closer to an hour.

Open your vent to at least 3/4 open.  Poultry, especially brined poultry, contains a lot of moisture.  You need the vent open to let the moisture escape.  After an unfortunate incident, I removed the vent damper from my smoker in order to prevent future mistakes.

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Re: Turkey Breast 1st time
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2016, 01:27:30 AM »
Just a note on brined poultry or any other brined foods. American Test Kitchen's did a test on brined and unbrined poultry. Their conclusion was that both lost the same amount of moisture, by weight, during the cooking process. Since the brined turkey started with more moisture, it retained more moisture at the end of the cooking time. Although poultry does expel a lot of moisture during the cooking process, it seems that a brined turkey doesn't give off any additional moisture.


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Re: Turkey Breast 1st time
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2016, 05:01:20 AM »
Awesome, thanks guys, always appreciate the knowledge base here.