Got a late start on thawing my turkey

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by par383, Dec 22, 2011.

  1. par383

    par383 Newbie

    I volunteered to smoke a 17# turkey I had in the deep freeze on Wednesday.  It's been thawing for a little over 24 hours (obviously won't be thawed in time for a smoke on Saturday).  I was going to do the "thaw in a cooler of water" thing tonight, changing the water every 30 minutes as you're supposed to do.  I also want to brine it. 

    I was planning on brining it for 24 hours on Friday.  Could I just brine it for 48 hours, even though it's likely still frozen?  Or should I stick with my initial plan and do the cooler thing tonight, brining on Friday?
  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Why not continue to soak in the cooler to get it thawed and then finish thawing the final 24 hrs in the brine. 
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    What Al said, it will thaw quickly in the water.

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