Breast up or down

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by bigr314, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. bigr314

    bigr314 Meat Mopper

    When smoking a turkey is better to place turkey breast side up or down. Thanks
  2. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I always do breast up, that's just me though
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I always do breast up too, but lately I've been hearing that with the breast down the juices run into the breast keeping it moist. I may do half & half this time & see how that works.
  4. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    If you are all about the Norman Rockwell Presentation...Breast Up will be Prettier...Otherwise there probably is some benefit to Breast side Down but none of the Chef's I have worked with ever bothered...Maybe one or more of the Multi-Bird Smoker's here will do a test this year...JJ
  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Most of the folks I have cooked with always rubbed butter or some other fat under the skin so breast up still keeps the breast moist. Just keep an eye on it and when the breast starts to brown cover it with foil 
  6. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Breast up here [​IMG]
  7. jakesz28

    jakesz28 Fire Starter

    bringing this back from the dead.

    I just started a 14 lb turkey breast down. May turn it half way threw.
  8. smokeusum

    smokeusum Smoking Fanatic

    i think I'd start with them down and then finish up for presentation purposes.

    I spatchcocked mine and will put it cavity side down... I figured I'd start it in the smoker and finish in the oven if the skin doesn't brown and crisp the way I'd like. I hope it works out the way I've played it out in my head....

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