Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

I love the ease and convenience of a boneless turkey breast. However, I find that they can be quite dry sometimes. So, I decided to wrap one in bacon to see how it would turn out.  The results were fantastic.  This was definitely one of the best turkeys that I have ever eaten.  It was moist, flavorful and best of all, easy to make!  It was so simple that it should almost be illegal. If you are looking for a delicious and easy way to serve Turkey on Thanksgiving or any holiday for that matter, then this is your recipe.

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.

As everyone knows, the perfect bacon wrapped anything starts with a good bacon weave.

Lay out the bacon

To make the weave, lay out eight strips of bacon vertically on a piece of foil or plastic wrap.

Fold Over Half

Then, fold over every other vertical piece of bacon in the middle. Next, place a strip horizontally across the vertical bacon.

Finish the first half

Then, unfold the folded strips and fold back the alternate row of bacon that you previously left flat.  Place the next piece of bacon across the vertical strips directly adjacent to the first horizontal piece. Repeat this process two more times.

Full Weave

Once you finish the first half, repeat with the other half.

Season the top of the bacon with a little salt and pepper.

fully encased turkey breast

Now it is time to prepare the turkey breast.  You can do this with a bone-in turkey breast, but it will take a lot more bacon.  I prefer the ease of a boneless turkey breast.  If your turkey breast was packaged with a net around it, make sure to cut the net off and dispose of it.  There really won’t be a need for the net as the sweet bacon weave will take its place.  Once you have the turkey breast unwrapped and de-netted, season with a little salt and pepper.  Then, wrap in the bacon.   The foil/plastic wrap that you assembled your weave on will help you encase the turkey with the bacon.

Bacon wrapped turkey

Once you have the turkey wrapped, place it on a rack on a foil lined sheet pan.

Chef Alarm

Insert a probe thermometer into the turkey and then place the rack into the oven.  Cook until the internal temperature of the turkey breast is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.  I trust and use Thermoworks productsfor taking the temperatures on all of my meals.  For this cook, I used my trusty Chef Alarm.  The Chef Alarmis affordable and easy to use.  This took about 1 hour and 45 minutes for my 2.5 lb turkey breast.  This time will vary based on the size of your breast.  As always, make sure to cook based on temperature and not on time.

Fully cooked and ready to eat

Once the breast has come to temperature, remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Bacon wrapped turkey breast

Serve and enjoy!

The perfect slice

This is the best tasting turkey breast I have ever had!

Bacon Wrapped Turkey Breast
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Recipe type: Roasted Turkey
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
 
The ultimate Thanksgiving dish! Simple and delicious! The bacon wrap allows for a juicy and tender turkey breast!
Ingredients
  • 1 boneless turkey breast (2-3lbs)
  • 1 lb bacon
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Start with the bacon weave.
  3. To make the weave, lay out eight strips of bacon vertically on a piece of foil or plastic wrap.
  4. Then, fold over every other vertical piece of bacon in the middle. Next, place a strip horizontally across the vertical bacon.
  5. Then, unfold the folded strips and fold back the alternate row of bacon that you previously left flat. Place the next piece of bacon across the vertical strips directly adjacent to the first horizontal piece. Repeat this process two more times.
  6. Once you finish the first half, repeat with the other half.
  7. Season the top of the bacon with a little salt and pepper.
  8. Now it is time to prepare the turkey breast. You can do this with a bone-in turkey breast, but it will take a lot more bacon. I prefer the ease of a boneless turkey breast. If your turkey breast was packaged with a net around it, make sure to cut the net off and dispose of it. There really won't be a need for the net as the sweet bacon weave will take its place. Once you have the turkey breast unwrapped and de-netted, season with a little salt and pepper. Then, wrap in the bacon. The foil/plastic wrap that you assembled your weave on will help you encase the turkey with the bacon.
  9. Once you have the turkey wrapped, place it on a rack on foil lined sheet pan.
  10. Insert a probe thermometer and then place into the oven. Cook until the internal temperature of the turkey breast is 165 degrees Fahrenheit. This took about 1 hour and 45 minutes for my 2.5 lb turkey breast. This time will vary based on the size of your breast. As always, make sure to cook based on temperature and not on time.
  11. Once the breast has come to temperature, remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.
  12. Serve and enjoy!
 

 

 

 

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