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Turkey...brine or inject

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by smokaholic, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. smokaholic

    smokaholic Fire Starter

    Got short notice that I need to have a turkey for tomorrow. Not enough time to brine and cook and then have it ready. So would just injecting it with something homemade or store bought and let it sit for a couple hours ( I can do 4hrs without running out of time). Then smoke/cook to temp.
  2. bamaboy

    bamaboy Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I have always injected my turkeys with great success.I do want to at least try brining some to see the difference.but i cannot find anything that is food safe to store it in!!!! I always use the cajun injector brand and usually the creole butter.the are all good,just don't do the spicy ones if you have any picky eaters(kids).hope this helps
  3. smokaholic

    smokaholic Fire Starter

    I was totally going to use the creole butter, hear a lot of good things about it. How is it on the spicy scale though. Got some older folk who think ketchup is spicy.
  4. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

     Never found the need to brine.

    You've probably already bought a brined bird, more than likely. I just inject with different marinades. Mojo Crillio is a good one too.
  5. bamaboy

    bamaboy Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    The creole butter is very mild,my kids love it.what flavor did you go with?
  6. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I usually use the creole butter but this year it's a new one. Jalapeno butter

    injection. did 2 chickens w/ it yesterday and it is good
  7. bamaboy

    bamaboy Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    How was jalapeno,was it spicy at all.I love spicy but the wife doesnt
  8. smokaholic

    smokaholic Fire Starter

    After a long discussion on how things cook and going over schedules gonna start tomorrow. The person I'm cooking for hadn't even bought a turkey yet. I love cooking but sometimes the hoops we jump through are crazy lol. So yeah I'm doing the creole butter don't care what they say. Sometimes you just have to pull the trigger. If I remember I will post updates and qview.
  9. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

     It had the jalapeno flavor but wasn't spicy at all .

     But remember , i'm from south Louisiana.
  10. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Is that jalapeño butter a store bought injectable?? Man it sounds delisious
  11. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    You can always brine a turkey for just a few hours if you want. I would suggest the injecting it thou. I have always injected the birds that I was going to fry. But I have never injected a bird that I was going to smoke.
  12. Have you tried injecting and doing a 12 hour brine?  or is that an overkill
  13. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

     Store bought, It's made by Tony Chachere's
  14. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    If you have the time do both. I like injecting with unsalted butter.
  15. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Due to your time constraints your only option is to inject and let it smoke! But when you have time, Tips Slaughterhouse Brine is the way to go! Please remember us and post the Qview!
  16. shamong9

    shamong9 Fire Starter


    I am doing two turkeys tomorrow for a church group.  One will be brine and the other will be injected.  Group size will be around thirty people. I hope to have everyone try both and then vote on thier favorite.  In the past,  I have done the brine, and the house expert my wife loved it.  Deep fat fring the birds.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2010