Barbechoo's Bacon Wrapped Turkey Crown with Cranberry Bacon Jam
We are delighted to have UK BBQ enthusiast James McKay back on the Thermapen blog to present this sweet and succulent barbecued turkey recipe. James shares recipes and guides to barbecuing on his YouTube channel, as well as his blog barbechoo.com.
There’s a well-known saying in the BBQ community which goes something like this… ‘EVERYTHING is better with Bacon’ and this turkey crown is no exception. This is the perfect festive recipe if you are cooking for a smaller family or if you just want to practice roasting your Christmas bird on the BBQ. I’ll share a few tips to help you pack some flavour into the meat and most importantly – keep it beautifully moist.
Not only does the Cranberry Bacon Jam taste amazing with your Christmas Day Turkey – it is an absolute game changer for those boxing day turkey and ham sandwiches.
Roast the turkey crown until the temperature in the deepest part of the breast meat reaches 74 C.
The turkey crown is the breast of the bird including the rib cage. Unlike the legs, the breast is very lean which means it requires some precise cooking to avoid drying out. The first part of the story is to work on flavour. We are using a BBQ rub for this crown as it is perfectly balanced for poultry. Adding the rub on top of the skin will give a beautiful colour and great tasting skin however those flavours will not penetrate the meat.