This always comes out well for us. See ‘Notes’ below.
- 4 cups water
- 12 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate
- ¾ cup kosher salt
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 2 cloves garlic smashed
- 4 cups ice cubes
- 1 bone-in turkey breast 6-8 pounds
- ½ cup apricot preserves
- ¼ cup fresh orange juice
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 1 cup white wine or chicken broth
- For the brine, heat water, orange juice concentrate, salt, brown sugar, 2 sprigs rosemary, peppercorns, bay leaves, and garlic in a large post over medium to a boil.
- Cover pot and remove from heat; let cool 20 minutes. Stir in ice until melted.
- Trim and discard excess rib and wing sections from the breast.
- Submerge breast in brine in pot, cover, and refrigerate until ready to roast, at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
- For the glaze, combine apricot preserves, fresh orange juice, honey, Dijon, minced garlic, and 2 sprigs rosemary in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring glaze to a boil, then remove from heat and let cool; discard rosemary sprigs.
- Remove breast from brine, and rinse and pat dry.
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Place a rack inside a roasting pan and coat rack with nonstick spray. Place breast skin-side up on rack and pour wine into bottom of roasting pan.
- Roast breast 30 minutes, rotate pan, reduce temperature to 325°F, then brust breast with glaze. Roast breast until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165°F, about 1½ hours more, brushing with glaze every 30 minutes until all glaze is used.
- Transfer breast to a cutting board, tent with foil, and let rest 20 minutes before slicing.
In 2018 we had a 5.75 lb. fresh turkey breast. With the oven rack in the lowest spot, we roasted the breast at 450°F for 15 minutes, then added the glaze. Then we turned the temperature down to 325°F and roasted for another 30 minutes, then glaze. We did two more cycles of 30 minute roast and glaze, and the turkey tested done after a total of 1 hour 15 minutes. (We put the turkey in around 1:50pm and it came out at 3:47pm. Extra time was for the glazing.)
In 2019 we had two 3-pound split turkey breasts. Roasted at 450°F for 10 minutes, then glazed, and turned temperature down to 350°F. We then roasted for 6 more cycles of 15 minutes followed by glazing.
In 2020 and 2021, we got a ~3 lb. boneless turkey breast in honey brine from Wegmans (2020) and Weis (2021). Lined black roasting pan with foil, chopped onions and celery and added with baby carrots to bottom of pan. Turned on oven at 2:30pm, set to 350°F. Trimmed skin and fat from turkey and added salt, pepper, and glaze. Put turkey in at 3:00pm. Roasted one hour, glazing and turning occasionally, then broil each side 5 minutes on high to solidify glaze. We also made:
- 2 packages mashed potatoes in large saucepot; add 2-3 tablespoons butter.
- 1 package stuffing in medium saucepot; add canned mushrooms, chicken broth and water, and 1 tablespoon butter.
- 2 jars turkey gravy in small saucepot; add fresh sliced mushrooms.