*Minimal* Salt required for brining?

Discussion in 'Pork' started by timosh, Nov 28, 2015.

  1. timosh

    timosh Newbie


    Well, at 67, I was diagnosed with low level hypertension out of nowhere.  Of course, that means restricting salt as much as possible.  I am sure I'm not the only one with this issue, according to my physician. ...Especially here in Central Texas where smoking units are in every fourth back yard. ;-)

    So, if brineing turkey, chickens, etc. what is the MINIMUM amount of salt necessary per gallon of water to facilitate the ionic movement in and out of the meat and to carry the brine flavoring (primarily rosemary, the kids and grandkids love rosemary). I want to minimize exposure to the salt, but want that flavor to get deep into the meat.  And yes, I do inject flavoring into the bird, but I am looking for the moisture transfer as well. 

    Thx for any ideas/recommendations/theories.

  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You could use no salt at all if you want. Especially since you are injecting.

    There's no need to add liquid for moisture either. A properly cooked bird will be nice and moist.

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