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Peppery Grilled Turkey Breast

Peppery Grilled Turkey Breast
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  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 (5-pound) BONE-IN TURKEY BREAST
  • 1 Cup TURKEY STOCK or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup jalapeno pepper jelly
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil



1 In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, cayenne and mustard.
2 Using your finger tips, carefully loosen the skin from both sides of turkey breast. Spread half of sugar/spice mixture under turkey skin. Secure skin to underside of breast with wooden toothpicks. Spread remaining spice mixture over the skin.
3 Coat grill rack with nonstick cooking spray before starting the grill. Prepare grill for indirect medium heat, using a drip pan. Place turkey, breast side up, over drip pan. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 30 minutes.
4 In a small saucepan, combine the broth, vinegar, jelly and oil. Cook and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes or until jelly is melted. Set aside 1/2 cup. Baste turkey with the remaining jelly mixture.
5 Grill turkey 45-60 minutes longer or until the internal temperature reaches 170 degrees F and juices run clear, basting every 15 minutes.
6 Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Brush with reserved 1/2 cup jelly mixture just before slicing. Remove and discard turkey skin, if desired.

Source: National Turkey Federation