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Brine or Inject

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by jcglenn1009, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. jcglenn1009

    jcglenn1009 Fire Starter

    Along the lines of if you had one game to win which QB would you want, if you had one turkey to do would you brine or inject it?  
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Personally I would brine but to each their own
  3. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    30 degree brine
  4. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have brined and injected, but never at the same time. I know some do but the brine has worked so well I don't inject anymore.
  5. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Add me to the brine list. You cant inject an entire bird evenly but you can brine it evenly
  6. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    I still do both, just my way of prepping turkeys. Now smaller birds I just brine.
  7. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    definetly brine, I enject the larger pieces a meat on the bird.
  8. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I agree with the rest that brining is the way to go. However, I also like to inject under the skin with chicken broth, butter, and some rub. So in most cases I do both.
  9. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Brine for sure and inject if it's a big bird.
  10. coacher72

    coacher72 Smoking Fanatic

    I like to brine as well. The longer the better. Be careful and make sure it stays good and cold.
  11. I brined for the first time this past Thanksgiving... I feel like I was lied to my entire life... i never knew Turkey could be so delicious! I will have to go w/ Brining as well...
  12. meatinc

    meatinc Smoke Blower

    Brining is the only way to go.

    Phillip Rivers would be the only QB I would start today if I could only pick one (Dan Fouts doesn't play anymore).
  13. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Most turkeys you buy are already brined. I apply rub and start the smoke.
  14. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I'm on the brining band wagon here. I would also suggest Tip's Slaughter House Brine too.
  15. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'd say, "Get this bird out of here, and bring me some Ham & Bacon to smoke!"[​IMG]

    But that's just ME!

  16. jcglenn1009

    jcglenn1009 Fire Starter

    Wow looks like brine is the clear choice.  I have always injected stuff cause it is fast and easy, but as I get more involved in smoking I have this new desire to make my turkey go swimming this year.  Just so I am sure some of you are saying you would brine the turkey and inject it? 
  17. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I,m brining a couple 10lb birds for christmas with Tips poultry brine. I think I will inject the breasts to see if it makes a difference. I have brined and injected but not both at the same time. I like to experiment with new ideas anyway.
  18. rstr hunter

    rstr hunter Smoking Fanatic

    The ones I did I brined and then injected with butter in the breasts and thighs. 

    Make sure to post pics.  Good Luck.
  19. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

        Did you use TIPS brine? If so how long did you brine?
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2010
  20. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Brine bout 12 hours fer a turkey, then a cool rinse an pat dry.  Then ya can inject it if ya like.  I inject turkey's cause there larger pieces a meat then chicken, the injection be made ta go right along with the brine.

    An yes ya can brine a "enhanced" bird.  What it be enhanced with is usually just a bland sodium solution, the brine will add some flavour back inta the bird as will the injection.