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post #21 of 36
How long on the brine?
post #22 of 36
I brine most a my stuff over night. Seems ta be bout right.
post #23 of 36
Is this brine at all spicy? I'm smoking my first turkey for Easter and I dont want ANY spicyness. I love it, but the family doesnt.
post #24 of 36
Do we have a rub for Mr. T????icon_question.gif
post #25 of 36
Brining in a cooler with some ice has worked for me. I've seen articles where some folks clean out a drawer in the fridge and do it in there. I haven't mustered up the courage to spring that one on my wife. She lets me keep fish bait in there in the summer and I don't want to lose my priveleges! icon_mrgreen.gif My family doesnt like the spicy either, so I'd have to go easy on the Cajun. My brine is pretty similar except instead of Cajun, I load it up with Rosemary. Love that Rosemary taste on poultry! I think I'm gonna grow some this year. Brined turkey was awesome in the oven...can't wait to do a smoked one!
post #26 of 36
I have a 2 and 3 or 4 gallon stock post I did my brine in.

Is poltry the only thing that you can brine, that it helps with?
post #27 of 36
Well, little late on the response, but no, it ain't spicey at all.

I use a citrus rub on my poultry, nice taste an all. I use my brisket rub (sorta a universal rub a mine) that has a bit more bite ta it.

I brine in 3 an 5 gallon food grade buckets what I got from the bakery in the supermart. Course I got a icebox just fer smokin stuff. Ya can use the cooler to, just put the ice in bags so it don't dilute the brine an keep the temp around 36° ifin ya can.
post #28 of 36
I will agree on the above brine... Perfect. Best birds I've done were with it, rubbed with the same cajun you throw in the brine, and then injected with a cajun/butter mix.

I'll throw the bird in before bed, and pull it out the next morning before the smoke. So roughly 8hrs.
post #29 of 36
Originally Posted by Springer View Post

I see a lot of people who are brining their birds in a plastic bag. Is it just me or does it seem like a turkey is way to big for even the biggest freezer bag you can get? Maybe these are really small turkeys?

Anyway would this work:

The only container I have big enough to fit my 13lb bird with a gallon and half of water is a stainless steel kettle. BUT...that will not fit in the fridge. So what about putting a freexer bag full of ice in the kettle and leaving out side somewhere secure where critters cant get at it (shed)? Would this work?

 A good time of year to give this thread another bump! biggrin.gif


For plastic bags, look for the ziploc 5 gallon bags, usually sold near the plastic storage totes. They will hold a big 20+ lb bird no problem and still leave room for brine. I put my bird and brine in the ziploc, then put it in a big ice chest and cover it with a 20 lb. bag of ice. Let it sit in the garage overnight, and smoke it the next day - usually only about half the ice melts, so it is staying plenty cold.

post #30 of 36

Thanks for bumpin' this thread! Definetly some good info here. If everyone reads this thread, then no one will have a bad bird on T-Day!

post #31 of 36

I am putting together 'Mr. Tips' SLAUGHTERHOUSE POULTRY BRINE.  My question is, do you mix the ingredients dry or is there some cooking needed?


TIA  Larry

post #32 of 36

Since my pots hold 1 gallon of water I mixed 1 gal. water with everything else and heated it just enough to thouroughly dissolve the salt and sugar. Then set it aside to cool. Then when I put my turkey in the 20 gallon ziploc bag I added the brine in the pot plus another 1/2 gallon of cold water to have the 1 1/2 gallons of water listed in the recipe.


You do not have to heat it if you don't want to, but a lot of people do just to make sure the sugar and salt dissolve well.

post #33 of 36

+1 for Tip's

post #34 of 36

I warm half the water an mix in the ingriedients (no need ta boil), it helps bring out the flavours a bit more, then just add the rest a the water.  It's best ta add the poultry inta a room temp er cooler brine. 

post #35 of 36
Originally Posted by travcoman45 View Post

I use a citrus rub on my poultry, nice taste an all. I use my brisket rub (sorta a universal rub a mine) that has a bit more bite ta it.

Citrus rub? Sounds like that would be good!  Is the recipe a secret?
post #36 of 36

Well, sorta, but here be the jest of it:


Citrus Poultry Rub


1/4 Cup Sugar

1/4 Cup Salt

2 TBS Lemon Peel Granules

2 TBS Orange Granules

1/2 tsp Chipolte Pepper

2 TBS Oregano

1 TBS Onion Powder

1 TBS Garlic Powder

1 TBS Black Pepper


Grind to a powder.

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