Author Topic: Smoking A Turkey Breast.  (Read 269 times)

Offline Divey

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Smoking A Turkey Breast.
« on: January 24, 2017, 10:06:23 pm »
I have a frozen turkey breast that is 3kg (6.6lb) and I wish to smoke it.

I have had a great deal of success doing Hams. I did three at Christmas time and they were really good. I injected the Hams with a cure I bought from a local Butcher Supplies and then soaked the Hams in a brine solution for a minimum of three days before smoking them. I then smoked and cooked till a core temperature of 65°C (150°F) was achieved and then immediately immersed in an icy cold water bath.

I have a question to ask, should I inject the Turkey Breast before soaking in brine? When I do smoked chickens, I simply soak them overnight in the same cure I do the Hams and that is enough for them, they turn out great, however, seeing that this turkey breast is much larger that a chicken I feel as I should inject it. What do you folks think?

Offline Habanero Smoker

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Re: Smoking A Turkey Breast.
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2017, 02:32:29 am »
If they are whole bone-in turkey breast, I would inject, using an amount of 10% of the weight of the breast. I wouldn't add that much time to your preparation. If they are boneless half breasts, I wouldn't see the need for injecting, though it wouldn't hurt to do so.


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Offline Divey

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Re: Smoking A Turkey Breast.
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2017, 02:56:19 pm »
It's a whole breast with the bone in.

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Re: Smoking A Turkey Breast.
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2017, 02:07:06 am »
If it were me, I would inject. Injecting won't do any harm, and it will speed up the curing process.


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