The test

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by crockadale, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. crockadale

    crockadale Smoking Fanatic

    This weekend I did a little experiment with 3 yard birds. I brined one overnight, one for 3 hours and the third no brine. I wanted to satisfy my curiosity as to how mush difference brining made to the outcome of the birds. All three birds weighed the same give or take an ounce. I used Lemon Pepper to season all the birds. They were smoked with apple wood to 170 deg. interestingly the brined one came off the smoke about 15 to 20 minutes after the others. They all were really good but overall the one brined all night was more tender and juicy.

    The Brine:

    Approximately I gal. Water
    ¼ Cup Salt
    Old Bay
    Garlic Powder
    Onion powder
    Seasoned Salt

    Other than the salt spices were added to taste.

    Brined overnight

    Seasoned with Lemon Peper

    In the smoke

    One on left no Brine and one on right 3 hour brine

    The one brined overnight
  2. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Both good looking birds. Just goes to show ya... if ya brine there's no whine.
  3. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Very nice, and a sound scientific method to boot! Points!
    You brine was a little on the weak side, probably fortunately for the 24 hour bird. Typical is 1 cup KOSHER/gallon water. Probably why the short brined bird got no mention. Unless curing, I never brine more than 6 hours.
  4. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Crockadale, they look great![​IMG]
  5. crockadale

    crockadale Smoking Fanatic

    Rich, I also used almost 1/4 cup of seasoned salt to kick up the brine. I know I said I used the rest of the spices to taste. I'm not real big on salt.
  6. bustedluckbarbq

    bustedluckbarbq Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    good lookin birds !!!! when i plan ahead they usually go overnight... when i dont they brine for a few hours...
  7. richtee

    richtee Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Ahhh.. good ya took that into account. Good job!
  8. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Kinda my situation too. But good expierment. I guess if you have the time, you might as well brine. [​IMG]
  9. Great looking birds, I too brined my birds on my first try. I couldn't be happier. You can see them on the previuos thread. Our birds look alot alike. Good job!!!!
  10. cman95

    cman95 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Good looking yard birds ya got there.
  11. kookie

    kookie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Goodlooking birds and thanks for sharing your results with us............
  12. welder

    welder Smoke Blower

    Man they look great the skin looks crispy what temp was your smoker

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