Thanksgiving Turkey Breasts: Central Texas Style

Central Texas Style Turkey Breast.

This is the 1st of 3 recipes for turkey breast that will impress your family members on Thanksgiving. Unlike the two other recipes, this one involves skinless boneless chicken breast and a ton of butter! The recipe is adapted from Aaron Franklin’s version and Rehan Jaffery’s turmeric ghee whole turkey. Towards the end of the cook, the turkey is wrapped with butter to help keep it moist and create a basting sauce for serving. 


Recipe: Central Texas Style Turkey Breast.

Ingredients:

  • 1 boneless skinless turkey breast
  • 1 tspn Morton’s Kosher salt per pound of turkey breast – for dry brining
  • 1/3 tspn Morton’s Kosher salt per pound of turkey breast – for dry rub
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 tspn thyme
  • 1 tspn garlic powder
  • 1 tspn black pepper

Directions:

  1. Dry brine turkey: sprinkle entire surface of turkey with Kosher salt (1 tspn per pound of turkey breast). Rest in fridge for 8-24 hours. This will ensure that the interior of the turkey breast will be salted well.
  2. Remove turkey from fridge
  3. Prep grill/smoker. Set up for indirect cooking at about 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Add wood chunks (preferably Post Oak). 
  4. To turkey breast, apply dry rub of Kosher salt (1/3 tspn per pound of turkey), thyme, garlic powder, and black pepper. 
  5. Put turkey breast in grill/smoker and cook until about 150 degrees.
  6. Prep aluminum wrap. Cut stick of butter into 5 pieces and place 3 in the middle of the aluminum. See pic below.
  7. Remove turkey from grill at 150 degrees and place, top down, on butter in aluminum wrap. Place remaining two butter pieces on top and wrap up in the aluminum foil. See pic below.
  8. Return turkey – now wrapped in aluminum – to grill/smoker and cook until it reaches 160 degrees. 
  9. Remove turkey and slice for serving. Make sure to scoop up the melted butter and pour over turkey before serving. See pics below. 
To prep the wrap, place 3 pieces of butter in the foil. The turkey will be placed on top of the butter
Turkey placed in wrap on top of 3 pieces of butter then 2 additional pieces placed on top.
Turkey finished and unwrapped. (flip over before slicing). Save that melted butter to pour over turkey after slicing.
Central texas style turkey breast
Sliced turkey breast.

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