Discussion in 'Poultry' started by bso8870, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. bso8870

    bso8870 Fire Starter

    What do you guys put turkey or turkey breast in when brining? A bag or pot etc...?
  2. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Food grade plastic buckets, 2 and 5 gallon. Be careful of useing metal pots, they may "react" to yor brine. And dont use trash bags, they have stuff on them that may not be good.
  3. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I primarily use food grade plastic buckets also. Can also use a good clean, santized cooler, or cooler jug. I've tried super big zip locks, but they leaked.
  4. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You can get the buckets at your local hardware store most likely. When doing smaller than a whole bird though I just use 1 gallon freezer bags. Breasts, legs, even a small enough bird would fit, but regular chicken and turkey I would do in a bucket.
  5. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    3 gallon icin bucket from the local bakery, lid an bucket free. Also use a 5 gallon bucket with a screw on lid fer the big stuff. I can get 3 chickens in the icin buckets.
  6. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sometimes you can score one from a fast food or other resturant. They (I got one from McDonald's) get their sliced pickles in them.
  7. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Just make sure you clean those buckets out really really well. My brother used to bring some home from Applebees and it took a long time of soaking and simple green to remove the pickle smell from them. Don't know what else could work better but simple green makes everything clean.
  8. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I would rather have a little pickle smell from a food grade bucket .
    A guy from our church bought 1 from Lowes, a blue one, and it broke down and he had blue turkey, but it was pritty. All my food grade buckets have a 2 on the bottem of them.
  9. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    I prefer the bag method.

    If you suck the air out, you get away with using a lot less marinade.
  10. marknb

    marknb Meat Mopper

    You can also try the local ice cream stand in summer for good pails. I think the ones I have are 3 gal. They usually have a stack of buckets that they'll give away. And, I can get 5 gal buckets locally from a popsicle factory for a buck each, and they come with a good lid. And they smell great!
  11. dburgette

    dburgette Fire Starter

    Sam's Club gives away icing buckets.
  12. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Got a bunch a pickle buckets in the wood shed, ya can walk by it an smell pickles!  But, the pickle smell don't bother me none, use em fer brinin an a couple brines later they just smell like brine.
  13. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I use an ice chest.
  14. chitown smoker

    chitown smoker Fire Starter

  15. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Rubbermaid bins and food-grade 5 gal buckets. I do my turkey breasts boneless so they fit in my tupperware bins just nicely..
  16. Ziplock makes a 2 1/2 gal bags that works great on whole chickens and Colemans 5 day coolers are the bomb for any brining they come in all different sizes and can be found cheep at Walmart.
  17. dad of four

    dad of four Smoke Blower

    I'd make sure to support the Ziplock bag in case there is a leak. Here is my 2.5 gallon bag in action, inside a large "canning" pot

  18. Wally World has a pair of one gallon plastic containers, with snap on lids, for 2 and a half bucks. They are pretty much square in shape.  I just put a five pound chicken in one, and had room to spare. Looks like they will work for the average sized boston butt I cook also.

    This brining thing is new to my kitchen, and I am looking forward to learning about it, as I learn more and more about my electric smoker. Always been a charcoal guy, but not afraid to try new methods and equipment.

    Good luck
  19. fagesbp

    fagesbp Smoking Fanatic

    Bought this bucket from the walmarks and it fits my fridge perfect. I have had 2 butts in it with lots of room to spare. I could probably do 4. A small turkey fit easily as well. Just go by the numbers on the bottom when dealing with plastics for food. 2, 4, and 5 are fine by all the research I have done. Avoid any others. 1 is generally good for 1 time use only, like soda bottles, etc. 3 is PVC, 6 is styrofoam, and 7 is other, generalized.

  20. iowa josh83

    iowa josh83 Smoke Blower

    I buy those oven turkey bags, place that in a 5 gal bucket then place the bird and brine into the bag and the whole thing in the fridge. Works great because you can reduce the amount of brine needed by cinching up the bag to where the liquid covers the bird. I've never seen a better way; been doing brined turkeys for a number of years.

Share This Page