Grilled Wild Turkey

DSC00905aEveryone knows that you can’t expect a wild turkey to taste like their store bought cousins right?  After all, these birds actually use their muscles.  In my area that means running up and down a mountain everyday instead of being crammed in to a large warehouse with a 1000 other birds.  But this does not mean your wild turkey can not be every bit as tender, juicy, and delicious.   This simple recipe will taste so good that your taste buds will be the ones waking you up at 5 am to go get another bird!


1 Wild Turkey Breast (boneless)

1 cup soy sauce

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup lemon juice

1/4 cup maple syrup

1 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of salt


Slice the turkey breast into strips perpendicular to the grain (direction of muscle bundles) about 1/4″-1/2″ thick.  Then manually tenderize each piece with a meat tenderizing mallet.  Mix all the ingredients (except the turkey) in a large bowl until well blended.  Add the turkey slices and mix well to ensure good coverage.  Refrigerate and allow to marinade for a minimum of 4 hours.  Heat your charcoal grill to 300°F and add each slice to the grill.  Cook each side for about 5-7 min over direct heat or until juices run clear.

Note:  Feel free to keep a little of the sauce mixture separate for basting.  DO NOT USE marinade for basting after the turkey slices have been added.


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