Juicy Turkey Breast 101 | Say Good Bye to DRY Turkey | How to Roast a Turkey Breast

  • Published on Oct 13, 2015
  • Turkey is the centerpiece of most Holiday meals, but they're usually overcooked and dry. Learn how to cook the perfect moist and tender turkey breast for your family and friends to enjoy!
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Comments • 125

  • Mike Ritter
    Mike Ritter Month ago

    butterball is the best
    until somebody proves me wrong

  • chauncey70
    chauncey70 Month ago

    My turkey keeps fallinging down when I try to cook it standing up like it is on here

  • Gen X Murse70
    Gen X Murse70 7 months ago +1

    2:12 You were so close to slicing your finger open!

  • cynthia g
    cynthia g 10 months ago

    Ya if you don't get grossed out by eating pink meat..........yuck.

  • Ryan Lamp
    Ryan Lamp 11 months ago

    I always brine my turkeys, even if they were already "enhanced." I like to impart my own flavors. It doesn't make the turkey any saltier or anything, and it makes for a very juicy turkey.

  • Dana Mitchell
    Dana Mitchell 11 months ago +1

    How long do you have to cook it? How many hours

  • Rosemary Moore
    Rosemary Moore Year ago


  • Koneko Yagami
    Koneko Yagami Year ago

    Ill take dry turkey and add butter or gravy. I can't see pink. Thanks for the video. 💜

  • theburkeman1
    theburkeman1 Year ago

    I love salt

  • Roberto NYC
    Roberto NYC Year ago

    Looks awesome I will make this today

  • Natasha O
    Natasha O 2 years ago

    What happened to your other turkey video

  • Speezbort Zappfing3r
    Speezbort Zappfing3r 3 years ago +1

    And 3, you let it rest for at least 15 min.

  • fatboy0817
    fatboy0817 3 years ago

    Did you leave the thermometer in it while it was in the oven?

    • 1slogar
      1slogar 2 years ago

      Since the thermometer had a cord on it, I think it's safe to say the answer is "yes."

  • Cornelius Sneed
    Cornelius Sneed 4 years ago

    Great tips, Larry. One of the biggest things about roasting _anything_ is to cook it to temperature, and not to rely on estimated cooking times you find in recipes, or especially those pop-up timers you see in full birds.
    I was glad to see you use a probe thermometer, I love those things. It's so easy to check the progress of whatever you're roasting, and the "brain" beeps when whatever it is is done. No guesswork, perfectly roasted critter every time. Everyone should have one of those things. If my mother'd had one when I was a kid, it wouldn't have taken until I was in my twenties to discover that I actually liked turkey, and that it wasn't necessarily dried out, stringy stuff with the taste and texture of old rope. :)

    • Cornelius Sneed
      Cornelius Sneed 4 years ago

      @TheWolfePit Yeah, before that I couldn't understand why anyone would eat a turkey sandwich on purpose. :)

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +Cornelius Sneed Yep a probe thermometer is my best friend! And the pop up timers are like you said a waste and unreliable. That's funny about not knowing you liked turkey until your twenties!! Sad but true for a lot of us!

  • Cheryl K
    Cheryl K 4 years ago +1

    This Turkey Breast looks so juicy Larry! YUM

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago +1

      +Cheryl K (CherylsHomeCooking) Thank you Cheryl!

  • mark zellers
    mark zellers 4 years ago

    Oh yeah. That's the ticket!

  • The Bald Chef
    The Bald Chef 4 years ago +1

    Larry, some great information about buying the right kind of Turkey for the upcoming holidays.

  • Brigida Flores
    Brigida Flores 4 years ago

    yummy! thanks

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +Bridgida Flores Thank you Bridgida!

  • Happy BAR-BAR-B-QUE
    Happy BAR-BAR-B-QUE 4 years ago

    perfectly Turkey, so juicy .. graet Job Larry!!

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +Happy BAR-BAR-B-QUE Thank you Michael!

  • GQue BBQ
    GQue BBQ 4 years ago

    Gobble Gobble! Turkey meat looks GREAT!

  • Food Observations
    Food Observations 4 years ago

    What a great idea TWP! I often want to cook turkey parts outside of the traditional Thanksgiving time...Legs, breasts, etc... Love that crispy skin :)

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago +1

      +Food Observations Yeah, I should cook turkey more often too! Thanks for watching FO!

  • Beercruiser 0
    Beercruiser 0 4 years ago

    Looks great. Did you defrost your turkey before cooking?

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +Beercruiser 0 Now you have me craving a turkey wrap! Those sound really good! Never saw a turkey with a gravy packet in it..........Thanks for giving it a try! Glad you enjoyed it!

    • Beercruiser 0
      Beercruiser 0 4 years ago

      +TheWolfePit So I did this with a 4 pound butterball boneless turkey breast. Defrosted in the fridge for 2 days. Was great, we made turkey bacon tomato avocado wraps with tortillas and had left over turkey for more wraps and sandwiches for the week's lunches! Way better tasting and half the cost of lunch meat from the supermarket deli. I gotta say though the gravy thing that came with it was not very good. Thanks for the recipe/method!

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +Beercruiser 0 Yes. It spent 5 days in the fridge and still had a little ice in the cavity but was 95% defrosted. Thanks for watching!

  • John Cook
    John Cook 4 years ago

    Your channel is the only channel I watch that once I watch a video, I literally get my shoes on and head to Kroger to get the ingredients so I can cook what you did in the video. It's ALL GOOD. I thank you and Kroger thanks you, lol. Love your videos.

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +John Cook WOW Thank you very much John, that means a lot to me!!! Glad you're enjoying the recipes and videos!

  • BeeRich33
    BeeRich33 4 years ago +3

    You have lovely breasts.

  • Kim Mozingo
    Kim Mozingo 4 years ago

    Just wow Larry! That looks so dang good!!!😋

  • Drone Girl
    Drone Girl 4 years ago

    That be good for Xmas :) Thumbs up :)

  • CraftsAndMore315
    CraftsAndMore315 4 years ago

    Hi Larry, this was great thank you. I remember growing up how my mom used to do this. She would put a cheesecloth in a pot that had a stick of unsalted melted butter in it and let the cheesecloth absorb all the butter. She then put the buttery cheesecloth over the turkey and baked or roasted it according to package times and instructions. When done, just throw the cheesecloth away. The buttery cheesecloth is like a consistent basting over the turkey and it also prevents the crust from burning but it still turns brown. It is sort of like a no-fuss way of doing it? This is great also though what you showed us. Thank you. I guess Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. :-)

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +CraftsAndMore315 That's interesting about the cheesecloth Christine, I'll have to give that a try! Thank you very much for watching!

  • AllasYummyFood
    AllasYummyFood 4 years ago

    yummy!!!! such healthy meals!!!

  • Cookin with SurfinSapo

    The Turkey is pink because this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!! Great information in this video... I don't eat turkey year round. I like it around this time of the year. The prices get much better too!!! Very delicious looking Turkey Larry!!

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +Cookin with Surfin Sapo LOL I heard there's a shortage on turkeys this year and they won't be as cheap.

  • Schwager's BBQ
    Schwager's BBQ 4 years ago

    That breast was perfectly roasted! YUMMY!
    Thumbs up!;)
    Best regards from Germany,
    Schwager´s BBQ

  • Anonymoose
    Anonymoose 4 years ago

    You rat! You just had to slather gravy all over it just as I was about to make it all the way through without drooling!

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +Anonymoose You're the only one that mentioned it John, so I will assume you are the only one who watched it through the end! You win a 1 Year FREE subscription to The Wolfe pit cooking channel on RU-clip for your support! THANK YOU!

  • BigMeat Sunday
    BigMeat Sunday 4 years ago

    cant believe its already for that time again, great explanation Larry! Great looking turkey boob too ! Cheers brother !

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +BigMeat Sunday Time flies when you're having fun John! Thanks for watching!

  • doublejbbq
    doublejbbq 4 years ago

    the turkey sandwiches that could make, yum

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +doublejbbq That's why I don't like doing only breasts Jerry....no leftovers for sammiches! LOL Thanks for watching!

  • Brian Prewitt
    Brian Prewitt 4 years ago

    I like that sage butter thing. Really helps with the color on the skin too.

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +Brian Prewitt Sage and butter are a must during the Holidays for me!! Thanks for watching Brian!

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    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +The Backyard BBQ Show - BBQFOOD4U Thanks Jason!

  • Heavy Metal Bar-B-Que
    Heavy Metal Bar-B-Que 4 years ago

    Hey Larry…. Thanks again for the education! I no longer will be a dumb ass and waste my time to brine a turkey breast after it has already had a sodium solution added. You're the best!!!

    • Ladymadonna007
      Ladymadonna007 11 months ago

      Better to buy a clean turkey and brine it yourself

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +Heavy Metal Bar-B-Que Hope you do one on that new bad ass grill of yours!

  • TosTinMan EasyCooking
    TosTinMan EasyCooking 4 years ago +1

    I never pay that much attention to the label so some of my turkey probably gets double brined. LOL I'll have to start looking at that!

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago +1

      +TosTinMan EasyCooking The problem with brining an enhanced bird is it doesn't get the full affect of the brine. Meat is like a sponge....if it's already full it won't absorb much more.

    DOLCE RITA 4 years ago

    yummy!! that looks really delicious;)

  • Bad Beast Barbecue
    Bad Beast Barbecue 4 years ago

    Beautiful turkey breast Larry, had my mouth watering.

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +Bad Beast Barbecue Thank you Daryl!

  • Herbie Grillt
    Herbie Grillt 4 years ago

    Perfect Turkey Breast Larry !!!! How are you my Friend !!!
    Greetings from Vienna

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago +1

      +Herbie Grillt Herbie!! How you doing bud!!?? Thanks for watching!

  • Aim'em and Claim'em Smokers

    Nice looking turkey Larry! I need to start my holiday recipe video series soon myself.

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +Aim'em and Claim'em Smokers Thanks James! I'll trade you a couple slices of turkey for one of your tacos!!!

  • joed596
    joed596 4 years ago

    Awww, Larry . . . really good video, my friend :-) Lots of info that people might not be fully aware of, too! Thanks so much and thumbs up for you as always, Norfolk Joe
    PS I'm still in the market for some "Wolfe Pit" t-shirts! ;-) ;-) ;-)

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago +1

      +joed596 Thank you Joe! Yeah I am still thinking about t-shirts! You will be the first one to get one when I get them!!

  • No Hippie BBQ & Cooking

    Larry..guess what I did a video of yesterday. this is crazy

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +No Hippie BBQ & Cooking This is getting weird Lyle!!! LOL

  • F.B. Jeffers0n
    F.B. Jeffers0n 4 years ago

    Love the tip at the beginning even though I don't eat turkey. :p

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago +1

      +F.B. Jefferson Don't eat turkey? :-( I know that makes the turkeys happy though!! LOL Thanks for watching!

  • Linda's Pantry
    Linda's Pantry 4 years ago +3

    Great tips and cooked to perfection!

  • Joe Morello
    Joe Morello 4 years ago

    Looked good! 🇨🇦😊

  • Vincent Da kid
    Vincent Da kid 4 years ago +1

    Nice video! I like the fact you reminded people that most are marinated already. I have cooked so many turkey breast and turkeys. The little lady makes me smoke one every Thanksgiving. Plus I think it is one less thing she has to do.

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +Vincent Da kid Yeah, unfortunately, it's hard to find a 100% all natural turkey in a regular grocery store anymore! Thanks for watching Vince!

  • bosslady1598
    bosslady1598 4 years ago

    Turkey Time!

  • Michael's Home Cooking

    Very Easy, and perfect

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +Michael's Home Cooking Thank you Michael!

  • tweety's life
    tweety's life 4 years ago

    Thank you for this video. It was just yesterday i was thinking that we rarely cooked turkey in this country, and that is why very few people like myself knew how to cook a great turkey. I am glad i found your channel. I will try some of your recipes. Thank you again

    • tweety's life
      tweety's life 4 years ago

      Yes we should but the truth is, not many people knew how to cook it, and i often heard my friends and families said it's too dried when cooked, or just any excuses for not giving a try. When i saw your recipes, i knew for this comming christmas, i will surely prepare one.

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +tweety's life Thank you very much Tweety! think we all should eat turkey more often!!

  • jeffxl12
    jeffxl12 4 years ago

    I have eaten breast like that. I will eat a thigh a little reder than that. If thats a word lol

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +jeffxl12 Yeah definitely red dark meat doesn't bother me, to me it simply means it wasn't OVERcooked! Thanks Jeff!

  • One Kitchen - A Thousand Ideas

    It is soo moist! I love turkey. We have it for Christmas here. Perfectly cooked Larry!

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +One Kitchen - A Thousand Ideas Thank you Julia!

  • I Heart Recipes
    I Heart Recipes 4 years ago

    very informative, and it looks amazing!!!

  • Thaneii
    Thaneii 4 years ago +2

    Thanks for these great tips, Larry. I never knew there they came in two different ways.

    • Thaneii
      Thaneii 4 years ago

      Ugh. Usually I can't stand those slideshow things.

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +Thaneii Thank you Phil! I thought about just doing a slideshow.....

  • Dru
    Dru 4 years ago

    THANK YOU for pointing out the pink meat! I've always seen cooking videos where chicken or turkey was cooked and still had some pink meat, but all that was said was "It's so moist and tender! Mmmmmm!" For turkey, I'm not too worried. My mouth is watering!

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +BlandxShot Thank you very much!

  • In The Kitchen With Jonny

    Perfectly cooked bird!

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +In the Kitchen with Jonny Thanks Jonny!

  • Ryan Heller
    Ryan Heller 4 years ago

    Wolfepit- what's your favorite leftover cold sandwich? Turkey, meatloaf, roast beef, ham, pork chops ect...

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +Ryan Heller Oh man that's a tough one Ryan............Turkey, Ham and Meatloaf in that order of leftovers!! Thanks for watching!

  • Ryan Heller
    Ryan Heller 4 years ago +2

    I learned something new today about cooking haha. Never knew pink could be safe and I've been cooking for years

  • FruittisMaris
    FruittisMaris 4 years ago

    my favorite turkey is the Honeysuckle white

  • Juanelo1946
    Juanelo1946 4 years ago +1

    Larry, this herb butter basted turkey breast looks luscious, tender and juicy! I can't believe you made it look so easy, in only 3 and a half minutes! Your explanations reflected your vast knowledge! Thanks for this super-informative, helpful episode!

    • TheWolfePit
      TheWolfePit  4 years ago

      +Juanelo1946 Thank you John! It's a carb free winner winner turkey dinner too! LOL