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brining a butterball turkey

just woody

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Joined Jul 5, 2006
i have a butterball turkey and another brand, we plan on brining the other brand and smoking it... the butterball was a freebee, we've never had one

can a butterball be brined, what happends to all the butter and seasonings that are under the skik while in the brine??


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Jul 16, 2006
My test turkey was a Butterball with 7% solution. It was just a tiny bit too salty after being brined. When I do the one for Thanksgiving, I'm going to reduce the salt in the brine a little. I didn't miss the "butter" as the meat was very juicy.

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Meat Mopper
OTBS Member
Joined Apr 5, 2006
Anytime you have an enhanced meat the brinning has been done. If you are trying to have a moist bird the enhancement will give you that as long as you don't over cook it.

To add flavor injecting would be a better choice, don't add salt to the injection recipe.


Meat Mopper
Joined May 29, 2007
I was going to ask, but knew if I searched someone else had already asked it. My friend got a free butterball from work, and we're going to smoke it for Thanksgiving, it's the 7% solution kind. I may try injecting. What sort of flavors would be suggested to inject, is there a technique(injection placement) that works best. Guess I'm going to have to make another run to the store for injection tools/ingredients!


Fire Starter
Joined Sep 20, 2007
I purchased a 12.25 lb butterball and brined it. It turned out great! Can't wait to do another this week.

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