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  1. W

    Achieving 3% Brine, equalibrium method, immersed brisket, corned beef

    I want to cure meat, such as a brisket, for corned beef. I want to achieve a NaCl solution using equalibrium brining (meat fully immersed in the brine). I would like to assume the meat is 70% water and include that in the water calculation. But maybe I'll stop doing that. A 10 pound brisket =...
  2. M

    Brisket Brined for PASTRAMI Question

    Hi All .... Here's the deal .... New NEW Newbie on here ... So am learning how this all works. From Northern Canada ... I've been smoking for about 5 yrs now - Started with a little Bradley Kettle Smoker - Then onto an Oklahoma Joe and Bradley 6 rack digital. I use both the latest ones now...
  3. C

    Should I brine? cookbook? recipes?

    This will be my first time smoking turkey (and only my second time smoking ever). I don't know a reliable site or cookbook for smoking turkey, or smoking in general. Do you all recommend brining turkey or not? Either way, please share how you would recommend to smoke turkey and a good cookbook...
  4. R

    Fresh Ham Question

    im looking for ideas what to do with a ham i just got. if it a full ham right now. Thought i might brine it "never done it before" use one portion to smoke and one to slice? any ideas on what be good. the ham seems to be the least favorite cut. thanks Robb
  5. C

    Featured Need info on brine and/or nitrate brine for saltwater smoked fish

    Hello.. Merry Christmas to all.. looking for brine and/or nitrate brine recipe for smoking fish. Also once brined, smoked and containerized, what is it’s shelf life under refrigeration?
  6. xray

    Spicy Bloody Mary Pickled Eggs

    The other day @Steve H posted a brine recipe using v8. I wondered if a Bloody Mary style brine could be made using his idea as inspiration. Here is what I came up with: Bloody Mary Brine: 1.5c White vinegar 1c Spicy V8 2T Prepared horseradish 1.5T Celery seed 1T Worcestershire...
  7. pigsmoke

    Whole Chicken Brine

    Hey all, I hope I'm not beating a dead horse here, but I have a question regarding whole chickens and brining them. I'm planning on smoking two spatchcocked chickens this coming Sunday and I was wondering; Is it 100% necessary to brine these birds first? If I don't, what are the potential...
  8. R

    Brining time question

    Hi I have a boneless fresh half of pork leg that invoked out and I’m brining it for Easter. I used pops brine and it said 3-4 weeks but after re reading it, it said for whole hams, I was curious as is this is too long and if it is how long should I bribe it? I also injected it rather thoroughly.
  9. endo129

    Is It Safe (Would you eat it)?

    Merry Christmas everyone! Just looking for a little advice if anyone is trolling these pages on Christmas. I'm worried that I should just toss my Christmas ham but there are many variables so I want to get some advice. I'm not sure how this went terribly wrong. Had a recipe from a world class...
  10. saltysandman

    always brine?

    I assume the brine is to prevent the growth of pathogens, right? is it possible to smoke fish, fresh off boat without wet or dry brining? i want to make my smoked fish dip for a party later but don't have time to brine. any suggestions?
  11. Preacher Man

    Brined Injected SmoFried Turkey for T-Day

    For Thanksgiving this year I'm brining a turkey for almost 48 hours, injecting it, smoking it, then deep-frying it. Here it is in the brine.
  12. C

    Advice - 16 lbs Turkey in Masterbuilt Electric

    Hi all - New to the forums - looks like a great resource! I recently got a Masterbuilt 30" electric smoker (replacing a previous one I had that was not taken care of properly), and I'm familiar with smoking at a basic level. I've done ribs, chicken, and Turkey before, but not a 16 lbs one. I...
  13. Erikhawk

    First Pastrami in a WHILE

    So I'll be starting my brine tonight for my first pastrami in probably 10 years. I'm planning on separating the point and flat because I only have about 7-8 days to cure plus I have limited storage space for a packet in my fridge all week (my wife would kill me). I'd love to hear any...
  14. Rings Я Us

    Don't heat pink cure in your brine.

    You look at 100 brine recipes containing curing salt and you will find that 95% of the recipes call for or say that you can heat the mix on the stove and whisk or stir while boiling. I am in the camp of playing it safe and not heating my brine with curing salt in it. You may not have heard...
  15. wingrider

    Canadian Bacon - Disappointing Result

    For I don't know how many years now, several times a year I would make Canadian Bacon based on a thread started by Woodcutter: https://www.smokingmeatforums.com/threads/canadian-bacon-using-pops-brine-2nd-try.136954/ Just used standard pork loins cut into 4 or 5 pieces. Used this brine: Recipe...
  16. T

    To brine or not to brine

    Hey guys, I was planning on making Jeff's bacon wrapped chicken legs this weekend. The recipe doesn't say anything about brining, but in other places on the website he says to always brine chicken. Does this apply only to whole chickens and chicken quarters? Anyone made this before? Thanks
  17. johnmeyer

    Rethinking Smoked Almonds

    I smoke a LOT of almonds, more than any other food. However, I became increasingly dissatisfied with the results. For almost two years, I have been trying variations on Todd's smoked almond recipe that comes with his AMNPS smoking tray. They are tasty, but there is no way to avoid the sticky...
  18. S

    Familiar with smoker, not with Turkey

    Greetings all, I have a 30" Masterbuilt electric smoker and was designated to smoke a turkey for this year's thanksgiving meal to accompany the fried turkey someone else is doing. I have seen many different posts with different suggestions, temps, and times for the cook but my smoker maxes out...
  19. nyc smoke

    12 Pound Turkey in my Pit Barrel Cooker in NYC

    Going to smoke a 12# tomorrow, it came brined, got it thawed and washed and dried, sitting in the fridge to air dry overnight. Going to inject with organic chix broth and melted butter, throw on a little salt and pepper, and toss a quartered onion, apple and a bunch of whole herbs in the cavity...
  20. equinn

    Smoking a Turkey Breast - Cure or No Cure?

    Hi Guys, I am planning to smoke a couple of whole turkey breasts for Thanksgiving. I have always brined my turkeys with brown sugar/salt/apple juice or cider brine and then just cooked in the oven. They always turn out moist and delicious. Now I want to smoke a turkey and am hearing that...
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