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I've been wanting to cook a turkey breast for a while now.  It's much cheaper here to buy a whole bird than to buy a breast.  I carved this one from a 12 lb. bird.  The breast weight 4 lb.9 oz.  I brined it for 20 hours using a 1 gallon solution.  I decided to do the Disney brine for the drumsticks.  They brined for 24 hours.

The breast went on 45 minutes before the drumsticks and came off to rest at 160˚F  The entire cook was 2-1/2 hours.  The breast was extremely moist and the drum sticks came out exactly as described in the AmazingrRibs.com video.

@toddwchandler I think this is about as close as you can come to cooking a whole turkey on an Akorn Jr.

Here are a few pics, thanks for looking.

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17 minutes ago, KismetKamado said:

Follow up question - was it hard to carve the breast out of the bird? 

No not difficult.  Check out youtube.  There are plenty of videos.  I left the breast bone in.  This would be what they call a Turkey Crown Roast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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37 minutes ago, KismetKamado said:

Follow up question - was it hard to carve the breast out of the bird? 

I took a cooking class with Jacques Pepin where he demonstrated how to bone out a whole chicken to make ballotine.  He took many minutes to show all of the technique with several birds.  Then he did one like he does, full speed,  took about 45 seconds.  I have done Turducken in the past, boning out each of the 3 birds got progressively faster.  Learning process.

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Nice! I'm glad to see how well that went!

We've brought our Jr. with us to the beach for Thanksgiving, and I had thought about doing a breast, but not having much experience with the jr the family went with Honeybaked for T Day...then my daughter tells me she doesn't like 'sweet' turkey, so my in-laws brought some turkey thighs down with them, will be doing those tomorrow. 

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12 hours ago, O C said:

Nice! I'm glad to see how well that went!

We've brought our Jr. with us to the beach for Thanksgiving, and I had thought about doing a breast, but not having much experience with the jr the family went with Honeybaked for T Day...then my daughter tells me she doesn't like 'sweet' turkey, so my in-laws brought some turkey thighs down with them, will be doing those tomorrow. 

They're very capable little cookers.  The more you use it the more you'll want to cook on it.  12 hour cooks LNS with picnic shoulders are doable so is pizza.  I love to do large meatloaves too.

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