Homemade Cajun Turkey Deli Meat

Homemade cajun turkey deli meat is super easy and so much tastier than store bought!

How to make homemade Cajun turkey deli meat. It is so much tastier than store bought, plus a fraction of the cost! I was tired of paying over $10 a pound for “good” deli turkey sandwich meat. There is only one brand I’m willing to eat and it’s fairly expensive. You guys I can’t even begin to describe the tremendous flavor of this turkey. The key is dry brining for at least 24 hours.

Homemade Cajun Turkey Deli Meat - You will never pay those outrageous prices again! Easy, tender and so flavorful Cajun Turkey deli meat.

Skip the deli counter, head to the meat department and do it yourself Homemade Cajun Turkey Deli Meat. Mix the spices together and completely cover the turkey breast evenly. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for a minimum of 24 hours. We brined ours for 48 hours.

Homemade Cajun Turkey Deli Meat - You will never pay those outrageous prices again! Easy, tender and so flavorful Cajun Turkey deli meat.

Remove the turkey breast from the fridge for at least 45 minutes before roasting. Do not rinse the turkey breast. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. We placed a skewer through the breast to keep it upright in the pan. Roast the turkey for 15 minutes, turn the oven temperature down to 325 degrees and continue cooking until the internal temperature in the thickest part reads 165 degrees.

Homemade Cajun Turkey Deli Meat - You will never pay those outrageous prices again! Easy, tender and so flavorful Cajun Turkey deli meat.

Remove it from the oven, allow to rest and cool enough to wrap tightly and place in the refrigerator overnight.  Refrigeration will give you the best thin slice lunch meat possible.

Homemade Cajun Turkey Deli Meat - You will never pay those outrageous prices again! Easy, tender and so flavorful Cajun Turkey deli meat.

Once chilled and ready to slice, cut each breast off the bone.

Homemade Cajun Turkey Deli Meat - You will never pay those outrageous prices again! Easy, tender and so flavorful Cajun Turkey deli meat.

Using a very sharp knife, start slicing as thin as you like. PERFECTION! This homemade Cajun turkey deli meat is so tender and full of Cajun flavor. Seriously, the flavor is all the way through the meat!

Homemade Cajun Turkey Deli Meat - You will never pay those outrageous prices again! Easy, tender and so flavorful Cajun Turkey deli meat.

This is exactly what you have been waiting for, an amazing sandwich using this bread recipe. Just look at that sandwich!  This is the sandwich we’ve been longing for at a fraction of the price!

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Homemade Cajun Turkey Lunchmeat
 
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Homemade Cajun turkey deli meat - So tender and full of flavor you will never buy deli lunchmeat again!
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Recipe type: Lunch
Serves: 8-10 servings
Ingredients
  • 6-7 lb Turkey breast
  • 1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1½ teaspoon Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon Onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon dried Thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon Red Pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon dried Oregano
  • ½ teaspoon Black Pepper, fresh ground
Instructions
  1. Dry the turkey breast with paper towels, inside and out.
  2. Mix all the above listed dry brine ingredients together in a small bowl.
  3. Rub the spice mixture evenly over the turkey breast.
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap, place on a baking tray or large plate and refrigerate for 24-48 hours.
  5. Remove from the refrigerator and allow to stand at room temperature for 45 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. (Remove the plastic wrap from the turkey.)
  7. Roast the turkey breast, uncovered for 15 minutes, then turn the oven temperature down to 325 degrees. Continue cooking until the internal temperature in the thickest part of the breast is 165 degrees. About 1½ hours. Check frequently, you DO NOT want to overcook the turkey. (ours was at 165 degrees in 1 hr 30 minutes total time, including the 15-minute high heat roast)
  8. Allow the turkey to cool, wrap the turkey and place it in the refrigerator overnight to chill completely.
  9. Using a very sharp knife remove the breast from the bone, then slice as thin as you like for sandwiches.
Notes
Serving size depends on how high you pile your sandwiches.
You can use boneless as well, just adjust your cooking times accordingly.

Homemade Cajun Turkey Deli Meat - You will never pay those outrageous prices again! Easy, tender and so flavorful Cajun Turkey deli meat.

 

 

 

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  1. Reply

    My husband would love this for his sandwiches each week!!! Also, wow, your slicing looks “deli” professional. Great recipe!!

    1. Reply

      Thanks, Maria! My husband devoured the turkey in a flash. 😉

  2. Reply

    What a great idea! We would love to have you at our To Grandma’s house we go link party that opened this Wednesday morning and lasts all week!

  3. Reply

    This looks amazing…I can only imagine how great this would taste on a sandwich!

    1. Reply

      Thank you so much, Colleen!

  4. Reply

    I really like how you brine your turkey first. Such a great idea. I can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Tina!

  5. Reply

    What a great idea and a great recipe, thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Reply

    Smart! I just don’t buy deli meat anymore because it is so expensive so this is a wonderful alternative. Thank you for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

  7. Reply

    This sounds amazing!!!! We love deli meat, Boar’s Head is my favorite! Several years ago we bought an electric slicer. A smaller version of what you see at the deli counter. It saves us a ton of money, but the selection of whole, unsliced meats aren’t very good. I’m SO excited to try your Recipe, thank you!!

    1. Reply

      Thank you, Vicky! A meat slicer is on my husbands wish list. Boar’s Head is our favorite too but it’s so expensive. I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  8. Reply

    This is awesome! We will be trying this very soon! Pinning to share. Thanks so much for being a part of Brag About It this week! Have a great weekend!!

    1. Reply

      Thanks so much, Laurie!

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