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Buying a Pre-Brined turkey?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by dmcfarlan, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. Last edited: Nov 23, 2010
  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    My take on it is, Would paying  the higher cost justify the time you would spend brining your own .69/ lb butterball?
  3. Well, most 69 cent per pound butter ball are injected with around a 10% water solution.  I have read on here to try

    to purchase a turkey that does not have that solution in it, if you are going to brine.
  4. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Yea i read that too. but i don't do everything i read. I have done chickens and turkeys and they have come out great.

     Would a fresh unbrined bird come out better . i don't know as the ones ive done were good . so i can't see paying the cost difference.

     Note: If you are buying a 10% solution bird ,Cut the salt in the brine in half.

    The solution they inject w/ is high sodium.
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Theses days it hard to find a turkey that doesn't have some brining in it already. So I would just go about your biussiness and continue with your brining the way that you wanted it.
  6. Well, I ended up getting a publix brand turkey that only had a 4% solution added to it, so I guess
    I will just brine it and smoke.