- Joined Jul 22, 2013
Cooking a turkey for the first time. My question: do I have to brine the turkey or can I just smoke it as it is? The family is not big on flavors for the turkey, just want the original smoked taste.
Brining isn't needed for a juicy bird. You can smoke a bird without brining it and it will come out just as moist. With that said I brine almost all of my turkeys, but only to enhance the flavor profile. If you are going to brine make sure to buy a non-injected, free range or organic turkey that hasn't been enhanced.
Thank you for the info!!! Will definitely brine for tender and juicy turkey!!!