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Turkey Breast

HooterHooter Posts: 125
edited 5:31AM in EggHead Forum
Turkey Breast cooking tonight, but I have 2 questions:[p]1) I'm thinking about cooking at a higher temperature, i.e. 350 degrees since it's a lean cut of meat. Is that about right?[p]2) Going to use some pecan chunks for smoke, but I've been having trouble keeping smoke going for more than about 30 minutes. I'm soaking chunks for about 30 minutes. Any advice to keeping smoke going longer?[p]Thanks!


  • davidmdavidm Posts: 64
    Hooter,[p]I've smoked turkey breasts at temps from 250 to 350. Just keep the Polder in and take the breast off the heat at 165 degrees internal. I use a raised grid and cook direct. Some folks like to go indirect.[p]Don't worry about keeping the smoke going for too long. The turkey will absorb a lot of smoke, until the external temperature of the meat gets to 140 or so. I find that the lower the dome temperature, the more smoke is absorbed.[p]Another thing you might try is to put the turkey on before you stabilize the temperature at 325 or 350. Light the fire, put on the chips, replace the grid and put on the turkey. Stabilize the temperature at 325 and you'll find the turkey has absorbed maximum smoke because it was exposed to it at lower temps.[p]Have fun![p]David
  • MarvMarv Posts: 177
    Hooter, You might try wrapping the wood with some heavy foil and then add to fire. That will make it last longer.
    Be sure to leave an escape hole for the smoke in the foil.[p]Marv

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