How long to brine turkey ? Also do you rinse after?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by wannabesmoker, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. wannabesmoker

    wannabesmoker Newbie

    Hello all, I have been seeing many different brining times for turkey 12, 24 hours and days ? I am hoping to be smoking 2 12 pound turkeys and just wondering how people pick how long they will brine! Also I have always rinsed my birds after but came across some recipes yesterday where they didn't mention a thing about it? Also I have read many different temps for when it is done. What is average breast / thigh temp? I have 14 people coming so don't want to screw this up. And what are people's favorite wood flavors ? I am using electric smoker I think at 250. I also should add that these will be enhanced birds with an 8% solution but have already seen the threads on here and will still brine them.
    Thanks !!!!!
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2015
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

     
  3. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome from SC. It's good to have you on this great site.
     
  4. wannabesmoker

    wannabesmoker Newbie

    Thanks JJ
    I forgot to ask how long you add smoke for? and approx time til birds are done? Thanks so much. I don't do turkey often.
     
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Birds smoke pretty fast so most smoke the whole time. At 250, a whole bird will take around 25 minutes a pound...JJ
     
  6. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hello I just read yojur post . Jimmy gave you good advice and tips . You should have a good pair of Turkeys .
    Hope you have a great meal and a fantastic Holiday Seaso .

    Have fun , and . . .
     

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