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Brined Grilled Turkey Breast

You'll want to give thanks for this mouthwatering, slightly sweet turkey! A hint of spice makes this one of our best turkey recipes ever. —Tina Mirilovich, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 1-1/4 hours + standing
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts cold water, divided
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • 1 boneless skinless turkey breast half (2 to 3 pounds)
  • BASTING SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine 1 quart water, salt, brown sugar and peppercorns. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. Pour into a large bowl. Add remaining 1 quart cold water to cool the brine to room temperature. Add turkey breast; turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate 4-6 hours, turning occasionally.
  • Prepare grill for indirect medium heat, using a drip pan. Meanwhile, combine basting sauce ingredients. Grill turkey, covered, until a thermometer reads 170°, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours, basting occasionally with sauce. Remove to a cutting board. Cover and let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested with Morton brand kosher salt. It is best not to use a prebasted turkey breast for this recipe.
Nutrition Facts
5 ounces cooked turkey: 364 calories, 19g fat (2g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 553mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 38g protein.

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