YIELD: Serves 4
1 1/2 cups your favorite beer
1/3 cup Kosher salt
1 cup whole milk yogurt or buttermilk
3 cloves garlic minced
1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
¼ cup fresh parsley chopped
2 Tbsp. fresh sage chopped (optional)
2 fresh turkey breast halves
Brick and aluminum foil (optional)
High temperature oil suitable for grilling
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the salt into the beer until it dissolves. Next, whisk in yogurt, garlic, pepper, parsley and sage until well combined.
Put raw turkey breasts in a gallon size sealable bag and pour brine over it. Seal bag and rest it in a flat bottom dish, like a 8X8 pan. Put pan in the refrigerator and marinate for 8-12 hours, flipping the bag over at least once during that time.
When ready to grill, take the bag out of the fridge. Remove turkey from brine and pat dry with paper towels. Let sit at room temperature while grill preheats. Discard brine.
Preheat gas grill by turning all burners on to a grilling temperature reaching between 450°–500°F. Wrap a brick with clean aluminum foil and place it in the grill while preheating. (Using a brick is optional but is suggested if turkey breast doesn’t lay flat on the grill.)
When grill is heated, turn off one burner, leaving at least one burner on. Spray or rub grill grates with oil on the OFF side only. Carefully lay turkey breasts on grill side with burners turned OFF, skin side down. Using a heavy duty oven mitt, place the brick on top of the turkey breasts (this step is optional). Close the grill and let cook undisturbed for about 30 minutes. Check the temperature on your grill frequently and adjust level of the ON burner to keep grill temperature around 450°F. You will likely have to turn the ON burners up to a
At 30 minutes, remove the brick while wearing the heavy duty oven mitt and turn the turkey breast over. Take the temperature of the meat in 2 places. Remove turkey from the grill when breast meat reaches 160°F. If temperature is still reading low, grill in 5 minute increments skin side up, checking the temperature each time. Let turkey breasts rest on cutting board for 10-15 minutes untouched. Slice up meat or serve on the bone.