Turkey brining question

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by pineywoods, May 30, 2008.

  1. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I think I'm gonna do a turkey this weekend if I can find a decent 5 gal bucket can I put the turkey in the brine frozen or do I need to thaw it first?
     
  2. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    If you do go frozen rock hard, add time to the brining. If you can defrost for several hours...soft outside, then it should be fine with normal brine times. Remember to cut back on the salt a bit maybe 25% from a standard brine, as birds are a higher percentage of bone to meat.
     
  3. mossymo

    mossymo Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Pineywoods
    When I brine turkeys I brine them in coolers. For warm weather brineing you can add ice as needed.

    Also, another thing I do is line the cooler with a garbage bag for brineing and easy clean up. Some may say the garbage bags are not food grade, but I have been doing this for years and I am still kicking !!!
     
  4. bbq bubba

    bbq bubba Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Food grade garbage bags?? Bahhh! Thats a great idea Mossy! [​IMG]
    HD sells their orange buckets for a couple bucks, makes for great brining buckets!
     
  5. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    An' twitching? ;{)
     
  6. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Thaw him out some if ya can jerry, cool runnin water in the sink works pretty good. May the smoke gods smile upon yer cooker!
     
  7. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the info. Stupid me I have a friend that owns a resturant just called him and he says " how many NSF buckets and lids ya want I got lots come get em" Also I have the bird thawing now
     
  8. pitrow

    pitrow Smoking Fanatic

    I try to brine mine thawed, but I have done it still partially frozen with no ill effects.
     
  9. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hey jerry, the pickle bucket ferrie showed up on my porch this mornin, buddy brought me over bout 10. Guess I got a lifetime supply now. I'll save em fer sumtin.
     
  10. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Good luck on your first bird, Jerry! Glad you got the thing thawing, should be ready soon for the brine bath.

    Are you using an original brine recipe or maybe, Tip's? [​IMG]
     
  11. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I haven't seen Tip's recipe yet and don't really know I'm doing London Broils tomorrow and getting the turkey in the brine tomorrow as well also gonna try Ron's Stuffed Peppers tomorrow too I hope
     
  12. walking dude

    walking dude Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    when i do a turkey.........i soak for 24 hours to remove the already added crap, the factory added..........then use my mollases brine, and inject with the brine......but like whats been said, cut back on the salt.......you can get MOST of the added salt out, but not all..........
     

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