Whiskey Maple Butter Turkey Breast
Whiskey Maple Butter Turkey Breast
  • prep: 30 min
  • cook: 2 hr
  • total: 2 hr 30 min
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  • Summary

    As the Thanksgiving Turkey season draws near and my kids are all grown up, it gets harder for me to cook a whole turkey as my parties are getting smaller and I have too much leftover bird to eat. I've done several smoked turkey recipes including a Tangilicious turkey, Turkey Lollipops, an outrageous MooOinkDuckTucken. For this year, I've decided to simplify things as I got invited to a Thanksgiving party so I’m spared a whole lot of hard work! I plan to bring a platter of sliced turkey breast but I'm going to take it to the next level with a whiskey maple butter injection. You can cook this turkey breast recipe in the oven but I wanted a bit of barbecue flavor so I cooked it indirect in my Weber Kettle to get some smoke before finishing it in my oven. Once the turkey has some color and the crust is formed, it's tightly wrapped in foil with melted butter. This minimizes the breast drying out and lets the breast meat marinate in its own juices and infuse with butter flavor. The injection has a hint of whiskey (I used Chivas Regal as I raided my adult son’s liquor stash (he’ll never miss a half cup anyway); but any whiskey or bourbon would work) with some sweet maple syrup which really brings out the flavor of the turkey meat. The addition of black pepper to my SYD Chicken Rub also adds another dimension of peppery goodness. Try it as it's simple to do and I know you and your guests will be pleased with the results.


    • 4 large boneless turkey breast, unsmoked, unbrined, uninjected
    • ¼ cup your favorite whiskey or bourbon
    • 1 pound unsalted butter, melted
    • 2 cups of chicken stock
    • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
    • ½ teaspoon rosemary, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons good maple syrup
    • 1-1/2 tablespoons per breast of SYD Chicken Rub
    • 1 tablespoons coarse ground black pepper


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    Nutritional Info
    • Servings Per Recipe: 4
    • Amount Per Serving
    • Calories: 1224 % Daily Value *
    • Total Fat: 98 g 151.37%
    • Saturated Fat: 60 g 300.04%
    • Trans Fat: 4 g %
    • Cholesterol: 296 mg 98.7%
    • Sodium: 1682 mg 70.07%
    • Calcium: 356 mg 35.6%
    • Potassium: 205 mg 5.85%
    • Magnesium: 0 mg 0%
    • Iron: 4 mg 22.74%
    • Zinc: 0 mg 0%
    • Total Carbohydrate: 61 g %
    • Dietary Fiber: 6 g 22.91%
    • Sugar: 17 g
    • Protein: 32 g
    • Alcohol: 0 g
    • Omega 3 Fatty Acid: 0 g
    • Omega 6 Fatty Acid: 3 g
    • Vitamin A 69.29%
    • Vitamin C 25.53%
    • Vitamin D 0.01%
    • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Diabetes Exchanges
    • Exchange - Fat19
    • Exchange - Fruit0
    • Exchange - NonFat Milk0
    • Exchange - Other Carbs0
    • Exchange - Starch3
    • Exchange - Vegetables0
    • Exchange - Lean Meat3
    • Exchange - Alcohol0
    MyPlate Info
    • MyPlate - Grain Total3 oz-eq
    • MyPlate - Vegetable Total0 c
    • MyPlate - Fruit0 c
    • MyPlate - Dairy0 c
    • MyPlate - Protein Total3 oz-eq