Do we have to wait until Thanksgiving to have turkey? Nope. This Cranberry Glazed Barbecued Turkey Breast is the answer to summer turkey. Last summer, we roasted a whole turkey on the barbecue and it worked out great, (that’s another post). We should probably eat more turkey. Like a lot of people, we usually just eat turkey, in our house, as part of a holiday feast.
Why is that? Turkey is not as prevalent in the grocery store as chicken, but it’s there. I think that I look at turkey as a special occasion thing, and don’t want to ruin that by cooking with it outside of that box. But maybe we should rethink that. Turkey is a really good, versatile, and sustainable source of protein. It’s also a good way to feed a lot of people when you have any kind of gathering, like a barbecue. And of course, it’s delicious.
Of course, this recipe can still be a part of any holiday feast, too. It’s ideal for a smaller group.
White meat vs dark?
While we like the dark meat, we love the white meat at my house. So buying just a turkey breast, rather than the whole bird, just made sense. This recipe is also all about the grill, but you can do this turkey breast recipe in the oven, too. Just heat the oven as per the grilling instructions.
How Much Turkey Per Person?
This BBQ Turkey Breast was cooked on the grill, and we were feeding four kids and four adults. I bought a 5 pound turkey breast. After roasting on the barbecue along with some veggies, it sliced up beautifully and fed everybody very well, with only enough leftovers for a lunchbox turkey sandwich the next day. So if you are feeding a bigger crowd, roast more than one turkey breast. If you’re unsure, Canadian Living has a good article about Turkey Math: How Much Per Person.
The cranberry glaze of course is a perfect pairing, especially with Homemade Cranberry Sauce. But you can do it with raspberries, cherries, peaches or any other fruit, because turkey likes fruit.
What to do with leftovers? Try using it in a salad, like this delicious Turkey, Pomegranate, Bacon, & Walnut Salad
How To Make Cranberry Glazed Barbecued Turkey Breast
Turkey Breast is perfect for the barbecue with a cranberry glaze.
- 5 pound turkey breast
- olive oil
- 2 cups or 1 14 oz can whole berry cranberry sauce
- 1/4 cup orange brandy liqueur or orange juice
- Heat your barbecue on high with all burners going and lid down. (Should get to 450-500 degrees)
- Mist or rub olive oil all over the turkey breast, and season all over with salt and pepper
- Once grill is hot enough, put oiled & seasoned turkey breast on the middle or, if you have a two burner grill, on one side.
- Let turkey sear and turn, searing the other side so it's nice and brown all over.
- Now turn the heat right under your turkey breast off, and put the lid down. If you have more than two burners, your turkey breast will be right in the middle with no heat under, but heat coming from both sides.
- If you have two burners, you will need to rotate the turkey breast every 15 minutes or so to ensure even cooking. Do this quickly to keep the heat from escaping. Let the turkey breast roast on the BBQ for about 30 minutes and turn.
- Meanwhile put the cranberry sauce and orange brandy or juice in a bowl and with a stick blender or electric mixer, puree until you have a nice thick glaze.
- Brush turkey every 15 minutes or so with glaze, turning and brushing the other side. Turkey is finished roasting when an internal thermometer reads 170 degrees.
- Brush with more glaze and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
To cook this recipe in the oven, preheat oven to 400° Put prepared turkey breast on a rack in center of oven, and continue as with grilling instructions.