Turkey thaw question

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by haydenfox, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. I've got a 15 lb bird. I've read the USDA stuff and many threads on here about thawing the turkey, so I have an idea on how to go about it.

    My question is, can I brine it and thaw it at the same time in the brine solution? Anyone doen this?
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Sure...You can thaw in Brine, it will slow the thaw down a bit but as long as you are under Refrigeration there are no Safety issues...JJ
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I agree I don't see the concern as long as the bird stays cold. I thaw mine in water and throw it in the fridge or let it sit out in my garage which is cold until I am going to cook it. Now that I am doing multiple birds I thaw them in the cooler full of water and then put them out in my garage to sit until I am ready to brine/smoke them. If my garage is near 40 degrees then I will put them on ice but normally its below freezing and I am just trying to keep them from freezing again.
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    The brine just won't penetrate as well until the bird completely thaws out. Other than that it should be fine.
  5. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member


  6. covewi

    covewi Newbie

    I never worried about thawing a turkey before - just did it.

    Saturday I purchased a fresh 12 bird and put it in the fridge. Started worrying today when reading the forum and

    the 40-140 / 4 hour rule.

    Check the fridge temp and its running around 47 degrees.

    Is my bird BAD?

  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Exact same THING happened here....NEW BIRD ON THE WAY....Not worth the Risk!....JJ
  8. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    At least it wasn't a 9lb hunk of prime rib!
  9. larrym

    larrym Meat Mopper

    Maybe the Food Network Live show actually listened to all of you.  Ann Burrell stated that it is perfectly fine to thaw out a frozen bird in brine,, just keep in fridge for 3 days or so :)
  10. larrym

    larrym Meat Mopper

    ohh, wait,, my fridge is running around 43 to 44 and I have turkey sitting in it, after brining and rubbing with butter,, do I need to worry ?  I was planning on putting in smoker tomorrow.

    Edit,, I had cranked down the fridge temp before I went back to work,, it is now 38.7.  Hopefully where it is under 40f,, I will be okay till tomorrow afternoon.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2011

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