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I have the brest sitting in brine that is made up of apple juice, water, sugar, crushed red peppers and jalapenos.

rather then just waste the brine is there any reason not to use it in my water pan when smoking ?

 

next I have some "apple" rub to put on it prior to going in the smoker.

what do I use to make the rub stick to the brest?

 

and last the brest is about 3lbs. any idea on how much time it should take and at what temp is turkey usda safe, or would you cook it to?

 

thank you in advance.

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I have the brest sitting in brine that is made up of apple juice, water, sugar, crushed red peppers and jalapenos.

rather then just waste the brine is there any reason not to use it in my water pan when smoking ? I have never tried using the brine in the water pan.

 

next I have some "apple" rub to put on it prior to going in the smoker.

what do I use to make the rub stick to the brest? I just put my rub on the breast with out anything to make it stick. That has worked for me.

 

and last the brest is about 3lbs. any idea on how much time it should take and at what temp is turkey usda safe, or would you cook it to? I smoke breasts that weigh around 9 pounds. At 240 degrees that takes 5 hours. I think USDA safe is 165 degrees. I cook to 160 degrees, foil it, and then let it rest. Cook temp on turkey breast is kind of critical if you like moisture in your breast.

 

thank you in advance.



 

post #3 of 7

Pretty much what Whistlepig said.   I don't see any reason not to use it in the water pan, it has been innoculated with bacteria so don't baste the breast with it but the heat of the smoker will sanitize the steam coming from it so I guess it will be ok..

 

The brine sounds pretty delicious and your rub should work out just fine.

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Have fun and Happy smoking :)
post #5 of 7

Meathead has a good turkey recipe on www.amazingribs.com, follow his cook times. Also if possible place a small cake pan below the bird with a little water to catch the dripping for making gravy.

post #6 of 7

Good luck!

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thank you every body

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