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Traeger Brined Smoked Turkey

Traeger Kitchen


Traeger Brined Smoked Turkey

Prep Time

20

Minutes

Cook Time

2

Hours

Serves

8 - 12

People

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What's this?

Get ready for Turkey Day with this epic Traeger Turkey recipe. Brine your bird to lock in juices and flavor, then slow smoke and roast that chick for a memorable meal.

Ingredients

  • 8 Quart water

  • 1 Cup kosher salt

  • 1/3 Cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 Cup molasses

  • 1/2 Teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1/2 Teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 Teaspoon salt

  • 1 Teaspoon pepper

  • 7 Sage, Fresh Leaves

  • 1 (8-10 lb) turkey breast

  • 2 Tablespoon butter, room temperature

  • As Needed Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub

Steps

  • 1

    Plan ahead! This recipe requires overnight time.
  • 2

    For the Brine: In a large pot, combine 8 quarts water, kosher salt, brown sugar, molasses, seasonings and fresh sage leaves.
  • 3

    Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer until salt and sugar have dissolved. Remove from heat and add ice cubes. Stir until dissolved. Ensure the brine has completely cooled.
  • 4

    Place turkey breast in the brine and weigh down with a couple of plates to ensure it is fully submerged. Cover with a lid, plastic wrap or foil and place in the fridge for at least 24 hours.
  • 5

    When ready to cook, set temperature to 375℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
  • 6

    Meanwhile, remove turkey from the brine and rinse well, inside and out. Pat the exterior of the turkey dry with paper towels. Spread butter evenly over the skin.
  • 7

    Season turkey evenly with the rub.
  • 8

    Place turkey breast on the grill and cook for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 165℉ in the thickest portion of the breast.
  • 9

    Remove turkey from the grill and allow to rest for 15 minutes, so the juices can redistribute before slicing and serving. Enjoy!