Poultry brine

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by prestonk08, Dec 2, 2015.

  1. prestonk08

    prestonk08 Smoke Blower

    I am doing my first ever Cornish Hens and a couple turkey legs this Sunday. I need an opinion on the best brine to use. Could use a few opinions on time as well. Thanks fellas.
  2. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    I brine all my poultry in 1/4 cup salt to 1 qt buttermilk brine.

    Last edited: Dec 2, 2015
  3. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

  4. prestonk08

    prestonk08 Smoke Blower

    I have found a few recipes but haven't really settled on one. These are for the in-laws coming for thanksgiving and I was looking for a more traditional flavor for them because I'm not sure what they really like. Any suggestions?
  5. paul6

    paul6 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    2 Quarts water

    4 cups sugar

    3 cups salt

    6 garlic cloves

    2 TBLS peppercorns

    1 TBLS Rosemary

    This is my go to poultry Brine , Heat on stove till salt and sugar dissolve (make sure you stir so it does not burn in pan) Allow to cool you can add ice to speed this up. For Whole chickens I let them soak overnight so game hens and Turkey legs you could probably go 4 to 6hrs. rinse before smoking to get excess salt off.
  6. paul6

    paul6 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Dang!!! also 5 to 6 crushed Bay Leaves Sorry forgetting that would screw it up!
  7. prestonk08

    prestonk08 Smoke Blower

    Sounds good! I think that's a good flavor profile for what I'm looking for. Awesome thankyou!
  8. goliath

    goliath Smoking Fanatic

    this is a brine i found here on the forum and have used many times with great results...

    makes the skin like leather though. i brine spatched hens  for 2 days and it comes out VERY tasty !!!

    I take a standard poultry brine of:

    1 Gal Water
    2.5 oz Salt - Kosher
    2.5 oz Sugar
    1 ½  tsp Garlic Powder
    1 ½  tsp Onion Powder
    1 ½  tsp Cajun Spice (Louisiana Cajun Seasoning)
    1 ½  tsp Celery Seed

    To that I add a grocery store size bottle of Kraft Catalina Salad Dressing and a bottle of Crystal Hot Sauce.

  9. prestonk08

    prestonk08 Smoke Blower

    Great thanks Goliath, I am gonna keep these handy for the future. Appreciate it!!
  10. paul6

    paul6 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    This is what happens when you post at 4:30 am  it is 6qts water Geeeeeeeez
  11. prestonk08

    prestonk08 Smoke Blower

    Ha!! Really pulling it together today!! Thanks for the imput though really.

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