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Question about slaugherhouse brine

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by scvinegarpepper, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. I am trying my second turkey on Thanksgiving. My first breast came out a little bland so I am going with the well-received slaughterhouse brine this time. I have two questions...

    1. Do I need to cook the brine to dissolve everything first? Just simmer it until all is dissolved or just mix it up well?

    2. I am doing about a 14# bird, I won't get to my parents house until Wednesday evening. So the most I will be able to brine it will be about 10 hours. It will go in that night and I will start smoking early Thursday morning. Will that be long enough, or should I inject it also? Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
  2. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    1. No you don't need to to cook the brine just  mix it up really good.

    2. 10 hours should be good. A lot of times I just brine it over night so you will be fine. I have not tried the injection but it definitely can't hurt the bird.
  3. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    I agree with RB I usually brine overnight as well and just stir the brine well to mix it all before putting the bird in it
  4. voldaddy

    voldaddy Meat Mopper

    I put mine on the stove and simmer for about 10 minutes and then cool it down. I don't know if it helps or not, but I have always had great results.
  5. nozzleman

    nozzleman Smoking Fanatic

    Add me to the list that simmers it to ensure all is dissolved, just make sure to cool it back down in the refirgerator before placing the turkey in it. I usually make the brine the day before I am placing the bird in it.
  6. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I have not heated my brine up yet just mixed it well.  I am with RB and Piney - overnite is all I have ever done
  7. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ditto on what Jerry said.
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Ditto Ditto what Jerry and Rbrans said and rich also agreed to.