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Saiko
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.
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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.
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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.
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Gobblezilla meets the WSM. On at 8:30AM
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First peak when internal is 140. Spritzed with a little EVOO and I'll leave it alone until breast hits 160 degrees.
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Gobblezilla has been defeated! Pulled at 160 internal, going to let it rest about 45 min before slicing.
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Slicing. Tastes yummy.
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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

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

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

fat_bastard
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.

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

1FUNVET
06-29-2010, 02:57 PM
Sweet !!!

Ron_L
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!

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

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

must.resist.must.bite.tongue.must.not....

el_matt
06-29-2010, 04:42 PM
DAMN!!!! THAT LOOKS FINE!!!!

Matt

deguerre
06-29-2010, 04:50 PM
must.resist.must.bite.tongue.must.not....
You've been reading too many of my posts. Breathe deeply. Relax. Go to your happy place.

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

Saiko
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.

aquablue22
06-29-2010, 05:21 PM
Nice, that thing is huge...............

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

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

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

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

$23.23

BobBrisket
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!

Bob