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Brining a turkey

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by tarpsflat, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. Is it O.K.to  brine turkey or any orther meat in an aluminum pot?  How many people will a ten lb. turkey breast  feed


  2. arnie

    arnie Smoking Fanatic

    Not really. The brine will react with the aluminum. It is best to use a food safe bucket,  stainless steel pot, an oven bag or 2 ½ gallon baggie.
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Are you talking about a aluminum stove pot that you cook with or one of those throw away aluminum pans?
  4. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Salt will corode aluminum, I have a cooler that I use myself.That or a food grade bucket.
  5. deannc

    deannc Master of the Pit

    Here's some great information I found a while back on the virtualweberbullet.com site reference brining and containers.  If the aluminum pan is all you have there are some great recommendations on types of bags you could use and still use your pan.
  6. smokingnd

    smokingnd Smoke Blower

    A ten pound breast?  Does it have the breast and rib bone still attached?  That's a big breast, as far as how many it will feed, it depends on how much they eat but generally about a pound per person.  I'm guessing you will have sides too?  That's usually how I estimate my quantity.
  7. yes there will be sides but they are all,well a iam FAT.[​IMG]
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I would use a very clean bucket for your brining. I'm not real sure that the pot will react to the brine but why take a chance. You can even use a big turkey size zip-loc baggies too.