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Well folks we are well into summer now! I’ve already managed to get in some camping, fishing, beach time and a few backyard bbq get togethers. It’s been a great summer so far and there’s plenty left to enjoy. I know some people talk about having a “lazy” summer and as much as I love the sound of that, it’s just not in the cards for me (and for a lot of people). I still need to punch into work every morning. I’m still packing my girl a lunch every day. It’s business as usual, just with nicer weather! But it’s all about the attitude isn’t it? Summer vibes! I’ve got that in spades. Lots of good vibes, just not as much time as I would like. But where there is a will there is always a way. And making the most out of summer when you still have all of your every day commitments is something most of us have learned to do. We know all the tips and tricks to make the most of out our relatively short Canadian summers.
One of the best parts of summer is being able to get outside with our families, friends and neighbors and soak up the nice weather. And every good gathering must have great food. Enjoying meals together is such an important part of just about every culture. It’s a great way to bring us all together. And you just cannot beat a summer time meal done on the bbq. Nothing tastes quite like it. And because you can’t go wrong with grilling, it is the perfect time to step outside the box and try some new things.
If you aren’t grilling with turkey yet now is the perfect time to start. Or maybe you’ve tried a few things, like delicious turkey burgers, and need some additional inspiration how to do more turkey on the grill. Well, you’re in luck! Canadian Turkey has all the tips and tricks you need to have your best bbq season ever! Turkey is just such a smart choice to grill with. It’s versatile. It’s healthy and nutritious. It’s affordable. And it’s delicious!
11 Ways To Build Big Flavour With Turkey On The Grill:
- Learn to use direct and indirect heat. Direct heat works best to sear turkey, develop savoury crusts on your cuts, create flavourful grill marks, and cook smaller or thinner cuts of meat quickly. Indirect heat works for larger cuts of meat that need to cook low and slow, coaxing out flavours while keeping cuts moist and tender.
- Smoke and sizzle mean big flavour! Use the barbeque to brown your turkey and create caramelization that adds big, bold flavour and keeps your meat juicy and tender. Smoke adds that unique and special BBQ taste, allowing you to cut down on salt, sugar and fat.
- Preheat your grill to hot so that food will sear on contact. Searing will lock in those flavourful juices and help to avoid sticking which can lead to charring. Make sure to season your meat first, so that the sear will create a flavour-packed crust.
- Use dry and wet rubs to season your turkey cuts. Turkey marries well with a wide variety of herbs and spices, so feel free to experiment with your favourite combinations to enhance taste and texture.
- Know when your meat is done! Use a meat thermometer to check doneness and avoid overcooking or undercooking your turkey.
- Leave it alone! When cooking over indirect heat, leave your turkey cuts alone without turning or flipping very often to allow for even cooking and browning.
- Cook your entire meal on the BBQ – appetizers, side dishes, vegetables and even desserts can be cooked over the grill. Cooking entire meals on the grill will give you juicy meat and tasty vegetables. Grilling locks in moisture and adds natural smoky flavour, cutting down on the need for extra fat, salt and sugary sauces. Visit thinkturkey.ca to explore a library of amazing grilled turkey recipes!
- Marinate your cuts to add big flavour and help to keep your turkey moist and juicy. Infuse flavour into your meats by marinating with healthy fats like olive oil, and adding citrus, beer, wine or vinegar and fresh herbs, spices and rubs.
- Prep your turkey meat for the grill. Remove from the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes before cooking to allow the meat to come to room temperature. Dry the meat off with paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible. This will promote an even sear and avoid steaming the meat.
- Be patient and take the time to preheat your bbq for the best results.
- Don’t crowd the meat! When grilling your turkey, leave space between the turkey pieces to promote even heat circulation and ensure consistent cooking.
Is your mouth watering yet? Let’s kick it up a notch with this Brazilian Style Grilled Turkey Breast with Salsa Verde recipe. The marinade infuses flavour and keeps the turkey breast moist, while the rub seals it all in. Top it off all with a fresh salsa verde and this dish will have everyone coming back for more!
Brazilian Style Grilled Turkey Breast with Salsa Verde
For Turkey Breast
- 1 3 lb boneless, skinless Canadian turkey breast
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp dried ground oregano
- 1 tbsp dried ground coriander seeds
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup white wine or beer
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp ground coriander seed
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp ground pepper
For Salsa Verde
- 1/2 cup flat leaf parsley
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- 1/2 cup chopped green onion
- 1/4 cup fresh oregano
- zest of one lemon
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients to make the marinade. Pour marinade over the turkey breast in a non-reactive bowl (glass, ceramic or stainless steel) and refrigerate for at least 1 hour up to overnight.
When ready to grill, remove the turkey breast from the marinade and wipe off any excess. Discard any remaining marinade.
Combine all spices and herbs to make a rub. Rub generously all over the turkey breast. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Grill the turkey breast over medium heat, with the lid closed, 15-20 minutes per side, until cooked through and no longer pink and a digital thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat registers 165°F. Let the meat rest for at least 15 minutes before slicing.
For the salsa, combine all ingredients in a mini blender or chopper. Pulse until roughly chopped. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve sliced turkey immediately with salsa on the side.
TIP: For a make ahead tip, freeze the turkey breast in the marinade in a freezer safe bag or container. The marinade will keep the turkey meat juicy and moist. When ready to eat, just defrost and proceed from step 2.
Using rubs and marinades on the grill is the perfect way to infuse flavour and keep your turkey moist and delicious. It also allows you to change things up every time you grill.
Are you looking for additional tips, recipes and HOW TO’s? Visit thinkturkey.ca for all your cooking inspiration. The Get Grilling recipe section is filled with tasty recipes to fire up on the grill. There are year-round WHOLE TURKEY HOW TO’s packed with helpful tips and techniques like brining and spatchcocking, and instructional and recipe videos that make it easy to create a delicious dinner all summer long.
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Canadian Turkey wants you to have your best grilling season yet! They’ve got all the recipes, all the tips you need to master the bbq this season. And to keep the those positive summer vibes going they’d also like to give you the chance to win a $75 Amazon e-card! Use the form below to enter. Good luck and happy grilling!