should i brine , inject or do both ???
in your opion what does your family like best ???
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Personally I like to make the brine, inject it into the breast, then brine the fresh turkey for 24-48 hrs. I've tried a lot of different ways and length of times to brine and this is what we like best. I also cut back on the amount of salt (using half) but use all the brown sugar in my brine to avoid it being too salty due to the injection. Finally I add a small amount of curing salt #1 to my brine, like 1 tsp for an 18 lb bird. It doesn't cure the turkey but it adds just a smidge of that cured ham flavor to the meat without hiding the turkey flavor. It really compliments the smoked flavor. The thing I hear all the time as soon as people take a bite is "OMG, what did you do to this turkey. It's the best I've ever had."
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I have Brined for many years. This year my Wife allocated the funds for a Grill Beast Injector, heavy duty and well made. I injected a 50/50 blend of turkey fat and broth seasoned with my rub plus extra salt. The mix was a bit too salty to enjoy as a soup but gave the birds a tremendous amount of flavor. I let the birds rest over night. The Skin came out better because it was not water logged from the brine. Got to say, I was pretty impressed...JJ