Grilled Turkey Breast

When I was growing up, a favorite family past time was to go up to the mountains to camp.  My dad had all the good gear - an old boy scout canvas tent, flannel shirts, dutch ovens, propane lanterns, etc.  We really did have fun without all the luxuries they offer now for camping.  We wore hiking boots and brought our fishing poles.  And we played charades around the campfire before we went to bed.  It was awesome.

One of the things that my dad often made when we went camping was this Grilled Turkey Breast.  It's
fantastic because it sits in lemon lime soda for a whole day, which just makes it so tender.  Come on, you can't camp cook without lemon lime soda in something!  At least we couldn't.  Then throw in a little soy sauce, some garlic, and you are good to go.

The only problem is finding turkey breast that is already carved off the ribs and into individual filets.  So this time around, they had whole breasts with the ribs attached and skin.  So it gave me a great opportunity to practice my carving skills - it actually is not that difficult.  You just take a good carving knife, run it just along the inside of the skin to remove it.  Then you do the same thing along the rib cage.  With turkey it comes off quite nicely and easily.  So don't be afraid when you go to the grocery store and can't find individual filets of turkey breast.  It's worth a little effort, I promise.

Grilled Turkey Breast


1 turkey breast, skinned, deboned and carved into filets
2 cups lemon lime soda
1 cup soy sauce
4 garlic cloves, minced


1. Place turkey breast filets in a large ziploc bag.  Add soda, soy sauce, and garlic.  Allow to marinade for 6-12 hours.

2. Preheat grill to medium high heat.  Oil grate.

3. Remove filets from bag and place on hot grill.  Cook for 15-20 minutes, rotating every 4-5 minutes, or until juices run clear and meat begins to separate on the grain.

4. Remove from grill and allow to rest on a platter for 5 minutes before serving.

Serves 6

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