View Full Version : Boneless Turkey Breast vs Whole Turkey

11-08-2012, 01:17 PM
I am planning to smoke a turkey this year again, but it seem like no one ever eats the dark meat. So......I am thinking of getting one of those boneless turkey breast about 3-4Lb. Have any of my smoker brethren here ever done one? Any different prep or suggestions? This will be on a Big Green Egg.



ps- This will only need to feed 4 (MAYBE 6)

11-08-2012, 03:06 PM
Did one years ago, pretty sure it was with ribs & skin though.

Brined it overnight (10-12 hours) with Alton Brown's recipe (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/good-eats-roast-turkey-recipe/index.html), threw some oil & rub on it, used Lazzari mesquite lump charcoal and burned fresh rosemary branches & leaves for smoke at a chamber temp of around 350. Pulled it off at about 160F internal, figuring it would still climb a few degrees before carving.

11-08-2012, 06:31 PM
MMMMMM...smoked turkey...I don't see any reason why it wouldn't turn out great...I used to be a white meat only guy, but recently started eating dark meat. I may do just a breast this year as it is easier to deal with...

11-09-2012, 08:35 AM
Thanks guys!

I agree with you, Justin about the dark meat but I am alone in my crowd.

11-09-2012, 09:13 AM
I prefer smoking cigars. Kinda lame

11-09-2012, 09:20 AM
I prefer smoking cigars. Kinda lame

BaDum Chhhhhhh

11-09-2012, 10:26 AM
What a waste. IMO, the dark meat is the best part of the bird. To each their own.

11-09-2012, 12:12 PM
The Dark meat has more flavor and with turkey, which tends to be a bit drier, it's better than the white meat too IMO.

11-10-2012, 12:23 PM
I agree with all of you, but my family does not. I may just do a whole turkey. Whatever. If they are hungry, they will eat it.

11-11-2012, 01:18 AM
hhhmmm dark meat is soso but smoked turkey legs are great..... at least the ones in disney
were going to smoke a turkey this year too will probably be a whole bird other than that I am looking to steal ideas from you fine folks :r

11-11-2012, 09:35 AM
I smoked a boneless breast a few years back and it turned out pretty good. I brined it, but not long enough.

I may try and smoke some legs this year. I do like dark meat more than white. I just lke the flavor more than the white, but white meat seems more juicier if you ask me.

11-11-2012, 05:41 PM
Almost everyone in our family eats the white meat only... So I only have to fight with my Dad over all the dark meat lol.

More for us!

11-11-2012, 11:17 PM
I am in the same boat over here, everyone likes the white but me. Atleast I don't have to fight over the drumsticks, lol