I am going to smoke a turkey tomorrow evening in my Masterbuilt 40" Elite smoker. I am planning to spatchcock the bird and use peach wood for smoke with a cajun spice rub. My concerns lies in the thawing process. I have a 15 lb bird and I am planning to do the cold water thaw method to thaw the bird out this afternoon since it should take approximately 7 hours for it thaw using that method. I was wondering if I could use a brine solution to thaw the turkey. What I mean is, could I mix up enough brine to cover the bird thus brining the bird as it thaws. I plan to brine the bird for at least 12 hours anyway but I did not know if I could count the 7 hours of thaw time as part of the brine time.
I am a rookie smoker so take it easy on me. It is the first time I am using this smoker as well. I will be using my iGrill2 to monitor the process. Any advice that you all would like to give, I will try to absorb like a sponge. Thanks in advance.