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tortaboy
12-22-2011, 07:33 PM
Boneless, Skinless, Grilled on a Santa Maria Style Grill.......

Thanks to BBQ PD for some pointers on the cook, and his go to marinade (He cooks to a significantly lower temp than me, but I'm guessing his may spend some time in a Cambro).....

The Challenge: Getting a Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts to be safely cooked, yet still taste great.

This was the basis of my quest to find the perfect Breast:

Obviously, there are a lot of variables when grilling Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts.... Marinading or not, a short time window for perfection, ambient temps, fire temps, even the initial temp of the chicken. The challenge to cooking perfect Breast is to grill them within a tight temperature range, so they come out tender and moist, yet safely cooked.

Tools Involved:

5 Pounds Boneless Skinless Breasts
Soy Based Marinade
Santa Maria Style Grill
Charcoal+Wood
Weedburner
Black Thermapen
Cell Phone (No stop watch available).
Corelle Plates (BTW, They do break if dropped from grill height...don't ask)

Here is what I did:

Marinaded the Boneless Skinless Breasts for about 2 hours.
At about the 90 minute mark, I started my fire on the grill.
After all the coals were white hot, I put on the first piece.

The first piece was cooked exactly 12 minutes (Flipped once) to an IT of 155. I expected a little carryover, but saw none. I brought the chicken into my carefully selected panel (Wife and son) for testing. They liked it.

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa358/tortaboy1/Chicken%20Breasts/chicken3.jpg

My second piece was cooked exactly 14 minutes (Flipped once) to an IT of 163. It registered a carryover of only 1-2 degrees. I brought the chicken into my carefully selected panel (Wife and son) again for testing. They liked this just as much.

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa358/tortaboy1/Chicken%20Breasts/chicken4.jpg

I then proceeded to cook the remaining breasts. By this time, the fire was not as hot, and the breasts took a little longer to reach the target temps.

Because of so many external factors affecting the quick cook (Ie ambient temps, cooking temps, etc., I'm really glad I had my Thermapen. It was bouncing around more than normal and with a cheapo meat Thermometer, by the time the temp settled, some of the breasts would have likely passed my target temps.

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa358/tortaboy1/Chicken%20Breasts/chicken6.jpg

My conclusion: For me and my family, the perfect breast (Tenderness, Moisture, Safety) is grilled to between 160-165 degrees. YMMV

These had great flavor, and I'm sure I'll be grilling hundreds of pounds of them next year.

caseydog
12-22-2011, 07:34 PM
On man, this isn't what I was hoping for in this thread. :becky:

CD

pwa
12-22-2011, 07:38 PM
+1^ :twisted:

tortaboy
12-22-2011, 07:40 PM
I'm guessing a lotta hits even without flames......

Dunno why...Just a feelin.:tsk:

sullysQ
12-22-2011, 07:52 PM
I found it too and she's marrying me :becky: :clap2:


BTW your breasts look nice too

bigabyte
12-22-2011, 07:54 PM
Looking good!:cool:

Fat Freddy
12-22-2011, 08:01 PM
Not what I was hoping for with the title of the thread :oops:

KingRanch450
12-22-2011, 08:08 PM
What a tease!

buccaneer
12-22-2011, 08:15 PM
The perfect breast can't be BBQed.
It must be bathed in lovely hot water or broth, tenderly.
Oh...what were we talking about again...?

Boshizzle
12-22-2011, 08:22 PM
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=506&pictureid=4685

tortaboy
12-22-2011, 10:21 PM
What's wrong Bo...You don't like perfect breasts?:rolleyes:

bigabyte
12-22-2011, 10:24 PM
I think a lot of people settle for average breasts that they can nail every time.

Midnight Smoke
12-22-2011, 10:31 PM
I think I need special glasses to see some Breasts! :twisted:

tortaboy
12-22-2011, 10:49 PM
I think I need special glasses to see some Breasts! :twisted:


MS...these look like Tri Tips to you?:becky:

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa358/tortaboy1/Chicken%20Breasts/chicken6.jpg

martyleach
12-22-2011, 11:02 PM
I usually pull off the skins and scrape off the silicone before continuing....

buccaneer
12-22-2011, 11:06 PM
Girls date Marty coz they heard he's good with wood....but they only date him once......

tortaboy
12-22-2011, 11:08 PM
Hey Buc,

I finally found a post of yours that I could understand, but I can't see it.:tsk:

buccaneer
12-22-2011, 11:11 PM
:heh:_____________:twitch:

martyleach
12-22-2011, 11:12 PM
Hey, is somebody talking about me that I can't see???

buccaneer
12-22-2011, 11:14 PM
:ear::behindsofa::bolt:

martyleach
12-22-2011, 11:16 PM
:ear::behindsofa::bolt:

These darn Aussies. Pin them down and they run off to Townsville to gamble....

buccaneer
12-22-2011, 11:19 PM
:phone:Bucc places bet on:deadhorse: