Smoked Turkey Breast Sandwiches

December 20, 2012


We may as well just admit that cooking a turkey for the holidays is really all about the leftovers. Here,  produces the perfect turkey in order to create the most perfect turkey sandwich.

brined turkey for sandwich recipe

I finally discovered the magic of a brine. The following recipe is a very basic recipe that includes a brine and a relatively short smoke. This turkey turned out so juicy!


Turkey Breast

Salt and Pepper

For the brine:

1 gallon of water

1 cup of salt

3/4 cup of granulated sugar


Thaw your turkey in the refrigerator according to the label. When the turkey is thawed prepare your brine. This brine only takes approximately 2 hours for a 6 lb turkey so prepare it in the morning and after the smoke you’ll be ready for a late lunch. 

Pour the salt and sugar into the water and stir. Add the turkey breast and let it sit in the fridge for approximately 2 hours.

brining turkey in bag

brined turkey for turkey sandwiches

In the meantime prepare your grill for 250 degree smoking. I aim for approximately 6-7 lit coals on each side of the grill for indirect smoking. 

After the two hour brine be sure to rinse the turkey breast very well to remove the brine. Pat dry and add some salt and pepper on top.

brined turkey on grill

I used hickory wood chips for this smoke. After two and a half hours of maintaining an average temperature of 250 degrees the internal turkey temperature was 160 degrees. This is the temperature that I was aiming for so I removed the turkey from the grill and wrapped it in aluminum foil to rest for about 15 minutes.

smoked and brined turkey on grill

brined turkey for sandwich recipe

What a gorgeous turkey breast!

carving brined turkey for sandwich recipe

After allowing the turkey breast to rest I sliced it. Very juicy! A brine really makes a turkey breast juicy.

brined turkey sandwich recipe

Because I always have a large supply of Philly Amoroso Hoagie Rolls, I toasted some hoagie rolls, added some mayo, iceburg lettuce and swiss cheese and had probably the best turkey sandwich I’ve ever had in my life. Wow!



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