Brine at Butterball?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by txsully, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. My wife bought the Thanksgiving Turkey yesterday at the store and I had forgotten to tell her to make sure she bought one that reads it is a "Natural Turkey" as I am going to brine it before I smoke it next week.  She bought a Butterball, and I believe they add some sort of flavoring solution to their birds so I am wondering what this will do to my brining process.  Should I reduce the brine?  Eliminate it?  There may already be a post out there on this subject, and if so, I kindly request someone link me to it.  Thanks.
     
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I can't find a bird around here that isn't pre-injected at the factory. I still brine mine either way. It may not be the same as brining a natural bird but it still adds flavor and helps it come out juicy in my opinion.
     
  4. OK, thanks guys.
     
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I brine them too. It does make a difference even on an enhanced bird.
     
  6. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Butterballs don't need no stinkin brine. [​IMG]
     
  7. [​IMG]

    i see your opinion and raise you a personal opinion.

    - it doesnt hurt either.
     
  8. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member


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