Brined Slow-Cooked Turkey Breast Recipe | PBS Food

Brined Slow-Cooked Turkey Breast

Slow-cooked and promised to be moist and flavorful.


Prep time: 10 Minutes

Total time: 1 Hour

Yield: Serves 4



  • 1 1/4 cups coarse salt
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 whole turkey breast (5 to 6 pounds) thawed if frozen


  1. In a large stockpot, dissolve salt and sugar in 1 gallon cool water. Place turkey, bone side up, in brine and weight it with a plate. Refrigerate 6 to 8 hours. Rinse turkey thoroughly under cool water and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Set up grill for indirect cooking. Place turkey on grill, away from hot coals; cover, keeping vent holes open over meat. Grill until cooked through, or an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of turkey registers 165 degrees, about 1 1/2 hours (if using a charcoal grill, add a couple handfuls of charcoal every half hour to maintain heat). Let rest 10 minutes before slicing.
  3. Oven Method: Roast brined turkey on a rimmed baking sheet at 350 degrees until cooked through, about 1 1/2 hours.
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