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Poultry Brine w/out sugar

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by tucson smoker, Oct 29, 2010.

  1. Hey Guys want to smoke a Whole Turkey this weekend. Have a small problem, my wife can't have any raw or processed sugar in her diet for a few months. What can I replace the sugar in most brines with?..Thanks in advance
  2. squirrel

    squirrel Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    From what I understand the only reason you have the sugar in the brine to begin with is to offset the saltiness. I would leave it out and perhaps shorten the time of the brine, lessen the amount of salt, or allow a little exra time to just soak in water to leach out some of the salt.
  3. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    If there is a sugar sub that she likes and can have use it . You don't have to have sugar in a brine. They need salt to leech into the meat but you can use pretty much you like in a brine.
  4. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i never use sugar in my brine.............
  5. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Sugar in brine will turn the skin dark whem smoked, I dont eat the skin anymore so no sugar in my brine anymore.
  6. Ditto.
  7. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    I'd be a little bit leary of that.  Many sugar substitutes are fine when added to dishes at the table, but do not work well in cooking -- which might include smoking.  He could try it -- but I'd say to follow the other recomendations and just leave it out.
  8. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    As a diabetic, I've used Splenda® cup for cup in my brines with no differences, same way with Splenda® brown sugar too.


    Altern is a Splenda knockoff from Wallyworld.
  9. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    Good to know.

    My wife has tried to use Splenda and Splenda brown sugar mix in cookies for a diabetic friend and they have not turned out nearly as well as when using regular sugar products.  It might be a matter of not having as much experience using it as she does with the regular sugars.  They do act differently in cooking cookies.

    How about that new natural sweetener made from a plant leaf?  Have you used it?
  10. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It's called 'Stevia' - have not used it, quite a bit more expensive than Splenda. Any comparisons out there on it?
  11. how about honey or guava necter or something along that line?
  12. bbqmzungu

    bbqmzungu Fire Starter

    I've used fruit juice instead of sugar and it worked real well.  Just replaced some of the water with juice.  Tried apple (my fav), orange, and pineapple.

  13. You won't miss the sugar.
  14. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    The sugar in a brine be there ta balance out the salt, be why there usually in equal parts.  I'd know if it wasn't there, but that just be me.

    Can ya use honey, er maybe corn syrup.  I don't know the reason she can't have processed sugar so the corn syrup be a guess.