Should I baste my turkey breast while smoking?

After the meat has absorbed enough smoke, baste it with the buttery juices. No matter skin-on or skinless, both will benefit. Basting will make the turkey breast skin softer and less rubbery which is always a challenge with smoking low and slow. There you have it, a perfect solution.

How do you smoke a pre basted turkey?

Place pan with turkey on unlit side of grill; cover with grill lid. Smoke turkey, maintaining temperature inside grill between 225° and 250°, for 6 to 7 hours or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion of turkey thigh registers 165° to 170°.

Do you wrap turkey breast in foil when smoking?

Place the turkey, skin side up (meaning, the side that formerly had skin), in the smoker and cook until golden brown (typically 2 ½ to 3 hours). Remove the turkey from the smoker, place the butter on top of the turkey, and wrap tightly in two layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil, dull side out.

How long does it take to smoke a turkey breast at 225?

Turkey breast takes about 35-45 minutes per pound when cooking at 225°F, so a 6-pound breast could take 2-3½ hours to cook at 225°F. The turkey is done when its internal temperature registers 162°F-163°F on an instant-read thermometer. The skin should be amber colored and beautiful.

What is self basting turkey?

A self-basting turkey has been injected with salt and other flavorings to promote moistness when cooking. Self-basting turkeys are typically labeled as containing a solution of water, sodium and other ingredients. Do not open the oven too frequently to take the turkey’s temperature.

Do you put a turkey in a pan when smoking it?

Prepare the smoker: Do not place the turkey into a roasting pan! Place one or two other aluminum pans filled with water on the lower rack or on the opposite side of the rack with the turkey, depending on the smoker. Insert digital meat thermometer probe into the turkey breast and place it on the grate.

How do you keep a smoked turkey breast moist?

When you dry brine a piece of meat the salt from the brine draws the moisture out of the turkey then is pulled back in along with the other spices. The salts begin to break down the muscle of the breast which makes the meat much more tender and juicy.

How do you keep a smoked turkey moist?

A wet brine is a water, salt, and sugar solution with your own flavor mix that you submerge the bird in for 24 hours. Over brining can cause the cells to break down, so don’t brine for too long. A wet brine adds amazing flavor and moisture.

When should you inject a turkey before smoking?

The good news is you can get a lot of the work out of the way early. I recommend getting the rub, injection, and gravy (if you’re making it) ready ahead of time so you can focus on smoking the turkey. You can even do this the night before if you need to make an early start.

Do you flip a turkey when smoking?

And using a DOT (probe thermometer) will allow you to monitor the Turkey while you cook and even set to alarm when it hits the right internal temp. When the timer goes off, rotate the turkey on the rack to ensure it is cooking evenly on all sides. I never flip the turkey.

How to cook a smoked turkey breast?

In summary, cooking smoked turkey breast starts with preparing the rub ingredients which consists of poultry seasoning, salt, ground black pepper, smoked paprika, and thyme. Season turkey breast with the spice rub and place in the smoker. Set temperature to 250F and it is done cooking when internal temperature reaches 165F.

How do you brine a turkey breast?

Place the turkey breast in the brine and position a heavy plate over it to keep it submerged. Place the bucket in the refrigerator for 8 to 12 hours. To add more flavor to the breast meat, a small amount of the fruit juice being used in the brine can be injected. Pump approximately one ounce of apple or cranberry juice into each side of the breast.

How long does it take to cook a turkey breast?

Luckily, for this recipe, it should only take 3.5 to 4 hours for the turkey breast to fully cook. It is recommended to apply the rub to the turkey 1 hour before putting it into the oven so be sure to take that into account.

How do you know if a Turkey is self basting?

Choose a self-basting turkey weighing 12-14 pounds. Look for the phrase “basted” or “self-basting” on the label and the phrase, “Contains up to x% of a solution to enhance juiciness and tenderness” or something similar.