First MES30 Boneless Turkey Breast [QView]

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by rjp123, Apr 16, 2011.

  1. rjp123

    rjp123 Fire Starter

    After the success of my first pork ribs and pork butt I decided to kick it up a knotch and try a smoked turkey breast.

    I purchased a boneless breast from Costco - $20 for a 3.5 lbs, wrapped in a net.

    I made a brine consisting of salt, brown sugar, mustard powder, onion powder, ground garlic, pepercorn, bay leaves and nutmeg.

    The breast is currently sitting in the brine, I'm flipping every 4 hours and will probably have it in brine for a total of 18-hours before I put it on the smoker.


    Is 18h too long to brine?  I don't want the meat to be mushy when I cook it.

    Is it ok in the net?  How does the net react to the smoker?
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2011
  2. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    It is OK to brine 24 hours, so 18 won't be a problem.  just make sure you rinse it appropriately to eliminate the saltiness.  Turkey takes great to smoke.  Keep the smoke light and use fruit or nut wood.  Enjoy, and don't forget the Q-view!
  3. rstr hunter

    rstr hunter Smoking Fanatic

    When I brine a whole turkey it's 5 days in brine so 18 hours won't be too long but make sure it's in the fridge.  Make sure to post pics of the finished product.  Good luck.
  4. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I did one today . was in the brine over night, and just rinsed , seasoned an smoked for 2 hrs an fried on the oiless fryer,
  5. smokinal

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

    I always thought the rule was 1 hour per pound in the brine. That's what I usually go by. Maybe I should try longer.
  6. rjp123

    rjp123 Fire Starter


    2 hours into the smoke.  I decided to use apple wood as a number of threads talked about how good it is on poultry.  I also decided to give it a quick rub of pork/rib spice before putting it in.

    It's sitting at 110 deg right now. Should be up to 160 within another 2 hours.
  7. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Why can't I find these boneless turkey breasts around here? I want to smoke one so bad for lunch meat.
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Maybe you are a "Leg-Man" at heart?  [​IMG]

  9. tjw in kans

    tjw in kans Fire Starter

    been getting them at my local walmart, and if you are fortunate enough to have an Aldi in your area, i have been getting them $9.99 for 4 pounds, including a small  bag of gravy fixins. see more around easter, thanksgiving and christmas.
  10. rjp123

    rjp123 Fire Starter

    The one I bought was fresh (not frozen) and from Costco.  They had bone-in at $9.99/kg ($4.50/lb) but I bought the boneless, lean-trimmed for $12.99/kg ($5.90/lb).

    I see frozen boneless breasts at my regular grocery store all year round.  They are usually $3-$4/lb.
  11. indacup

    indacup Fire Starter

    I am dying to see the finished Q-view as this sounds like a great dish to make for this easter!!!
  12. indacup

    indacup Fire Starter

    ".... I made a brine consisting of salt, brown sugar, mustard powder, onion powder, ground garlic, pepercorn, bay leaves and nutmeg...."

    Would you mind sharing the portions of each ingredient used?
  13. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    lets see the money shot
  14. fife

    fife Master of the Pit

    That sure does look good.
  15. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

    i have a friend that has a brine receipt, that calls for a day per me that seems overkill...but he said he's done a few and have turned out awesome.  i've been trying to get the receipt, but no luck so far.
  16. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Glad you left the netting on. Those babies will fall apart without'd it turn out??
  17. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ross, I rarely see them in my area for retail but restaurants use them all the time. Any restaurant supply warehouses in your area, like a Cash & Carry or Smart & Final? If you have a small Mom & Pop restaurant you frequent they might be able to order you one from their supplier.
  18. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Did that "brine" have cure in it?

    I could understand 8 days in a curing brine for 8 pounds of meat, but I wouldn't think it would be good to brine an 8 pound roast in a "non-curing" brine for 8 days.

    Sounds very odd.

  19. garyinmd

    garyinmd Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    rjp123, I am looking to smoke a couple this weekend, what temp did you run and how long did it take.Thanks
  20. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

    don't know if there is any cure in it,  thats why i've been trying to get it.  once i do ill send you a message.

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