Brining vs Marinade

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Original poster
Dec 26, 2013
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Hi....I am new to smoking and I have been reading and searching the internet for tips and instruction.  I have a question that likely has been asked many times in the you need to submerge a turkey in brine for 18 - 24 hours prior to smoking if you intend to inject it with marinade??  Not sure if you are required to do both.  Thanks very much.

Hey Bob..bunch of different theories and practices on this no doubt. I don't personally see much use in doing both. Most of the turkeys we get in this area (Fort Worth) are mostly already pumped..brined..enhanced or whatever a person might like to call it..from the factory. Doing another brine on it seems to mostly push it over the edge into being too salty. Now could see the wisdom if we are starting with an unpumped bird. With pumped models I think a marinade helps. Injecting should also work but would make sure the formula is not overly salty. Best of fortunes. Sure you will get other opinions.
Hey Bob 


A Kawartha man I see, I have done both with great success as well, A simple brine for 8 to 24 hours works good if you are just starting out it would all depend on what flavours you are going for. you will find a tone of great info on this site 

Jeff (Kitt) 
Welcome Bob from Canada!  Congrats on the hockey sweep! 

I've been cooking turkeys for 46 years and I've rarely brined, cooked, seasoned, slathered, BBQ'd, or smoked any two the same.  It's not that they're not tasty, I just like to play with my food. 

I've brined many, many, many times.  I've never injected though but you've inspired me!   I think I'll skip the brining and go with injecting a mixture of melted butter, white wine, and creole seasoning.  Then I'll slather with melted butter and Litethouse Poultry Seasoning both on and under the skin.        

Now that I have a WSM my 19" turkey roasting pan will fit in it.  I think I'll break out the turkey cannon (fancy way to do beer can turkey).  I like the turkey cannon half filled with cheap white wine the best.  I smoke, cook, roast, BBQ at 325F using the internal temp as a guide to when it is finished (165F dark meat, 160F white meat).  I also don't tuck the legs and wings, preferring to have them loose and open to encourage through and through cooking of the dark meat.    

Just might have to run by Costco and pick up a frozen bird soon.
Thanks very much everyone for the quick responses and expert advice.  I have been putting together a recipe from the various posts from this website.  Incredible knowledge being shared.  I have done chicken and ribs, salmon and now a turkey very soon.  Thanks again.

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