View Full Version : Gobblezilla - Monster 18lb Turkey Breast Pron

06-29-2010, 02:18 PM
Went by Restaurant Depot last week and they had a whole bin full of monster frozen turkey breasts ranging from 16 to 20 pounds. Thought I'd give one a shot and turn it into some sandwich meat. The full details of my honey brine method can be found in this post http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=59514, but here's a quick run down of what I did:
Brine consisted of 3/4 cup Diamond Kosher salt and 1 cup of honey per gallon of water. Total water amount was 2 1/4 gallons, so ended up with 1 3/4 cup + 2 TBSP salt and 2 1/4 cup honey. Rub was Plowboy's Yardbird with some EVOO. Fuel was RO lump with apple chunks, target temps are in the 265-280 range, although I battled a big temp spike in the middle of the cook.

OK, so I lied a little. Total weight was 17.73 lbs. I also ended up trimming a good 4 pounds of rib, back and skin, so final weight was probably more around 14 pounds. Never let the facts get in the way of a good story though.

The last of my honey was crystalized, so I used the Redneck Microwave method to warm it up. 2 hours in the back seat of my car sitting in the Georgia sun. I just can't get myself to nuke honey, might as well let nature do it.

A home depot bucket was the perfect size for the brine. Please read the linked post above if you plan on using honey in a brine, there are a few quirks involved. Total brine time was about 14 hours. I removed the skin since this is for sandwich meat and I don't want to worry about crispy/soggy skin on the final product.

Gobblezilla meets the WSM. On at 8:30AM

First peak when internal is 140. Spritzed with a little EVOO and I'll leave it alone until breast hits 160 degrees.

Gobblezilla has been defeated! Pulled at 160 internal, going to let it rest about 45 min before slicing.

Slicing. Tastes yummy.

That's it! I'll update when I get everything sliced and bagged and let you know how much turkey I ended up with.

Alan in Ga
06-29-2010, 02:24 PM
That looks fantastic saiko send some Macon way for QC

06-29-2010, 02:24 PM
That right there looks mighty tasty!!! Gota give that a try sometime soon!!

06-29-2010, 02:26 PM
Beautifully done, that is an amazing looking turkey breast.

06-29-2010, 02:32 PM
That is one monster turkey breast.

BTW, your honey turkey brine is AMAZING, I used it for Thanksgiving last year and it made for a wonderful bird.

06-29-2010, 02:52 PM
Love your de-crystalizer! Turkey looks nice too.:thumb:

06-29-2010, 02:57 PM
Sweet !!!

06-29-2010, 03:16 PM
That looks great! nice job! I would hate to meet that turkey in a dark alley!

big brother smoke
06-29-2010, 03:19 PM
I love a big turkey boob!

06-29-2010, 04:08 PM
that's one of the best looking turkey breasts i've ever seen.

06-29-2010, 04:09 PM
I love a big turkey boob!


06-29-2010, 04:42 PM


06-29-2010, 04:50 PM
You've been reading too many of my posts. Breathe deeply. Relax. Go to your happy place.

06-29-2010, 04:54 PM
Do you remember the cost per lb?

06-29-2010, 05:21 PM
Do you remember the cost per lb?

$1.31 a lb, for a total of $23.23. Throw in a couple of bucks for honey and you are probably looking at around $25.00 or so. I ended up with about 7 1/4 pounds of turkey meat, so that turns out to be about $3.45 a pound.

06-29-2010, 05:21 PM
Nice, that thing is huge...............

06-29-2010, 07:44 PM
That's going to be some darn good sandwiches right there...

06-29-2010, 08:13 PM
That would make one hell of a club sandwich.

06-29-2010, 08:16 PM
Wow, beautiful cut of gobble there! How much was that breast btw?

06-29-2010, 11:14 PM
how much was that breast btw?


06-30-2010, 12:37 AM
Oh yes...........that is one fine turkey rack!! Some serious sammich meat right there. Very nice. I'd hit them teets fo sho!