Could there be more good things in that headline? How about if you knew that the bacon is jalapeno bacon? And the cornbread stuffing is loaded with Mexican spice? And the whole turkey breast is smoked for two hours? Well, hold onto your hats, sweeties, because I am about to share with you the best dish I have made yet on my Big Green Egg and possibly the best thing I have ever cooked.
When Al at Barbeques Galore was selling me the whole store, he showed me Weber’s Way to Grill cookbook. Specifically, he expertly flipped to page 169 and showed me this recipe. (Well, a version of this recipe.) I don’t know how many Weber cookbooks Al has sold this way but I’m bettin it’s a lot. Cause this is one pretty dish. And I am happy to report that it tastes even better than it looks.
You start by putting the smooth side of the turkey breast facing down on a cutting board and opening up the turkey breast by cutting down the center — but not all the way through. Then, you cover with plastic wrap and pound that sucker to about a 1-inch thickness.
Then you spread your cornbread stuffing all over the middle, leaving a border around the edges. I cooked up and crumbled some trusty Jiffy cornbread.
Season it with a bevy of Mexican spices and throw in some chicken broth to moisten it up a bit.
Roll the breast lengthwise to create a cylinder.
Then arrange your bacon slices in tightly placed parallel strips, overlapping the ends of 2 slices to make each stripe. Place the rolled turkey breast in the middle of the center of the bacon.
Crisscross the bacon around the turkey. Secure with butcher’s twine.
Place over a disposable foil pan to catch the bacon grease; cook over indirect high heat until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. (For my 5 lb. breast, I cooked it at 425 degrees for just over 2 hours.) Use apple wood chips for a more pronounced smoky flavor.
Remove the twine and cut into 1-inch slices.
I swear to you this dish is worth any effort. It looks gorgeous and tastes great. I’m not a big turkey fan and I had seconds and then ate on the leftovers for awhile. Okay, enough sellin you on how great it is… here is the ingredient list:
Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast with Cornbread Stuffing
3 cups crumbled cornbread
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tsps each granulated garlic, onion powder, chili powder, and cumin
1 tsp each salt, ground pepper, and paprika
1.5 lbs bacon (preferably jalapeno or other spicy bacon)
5 lb turkey breast