Smoke a Turkey with Brining?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by tendriver, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. tendriver

    tendriver Fire Starter

    Ever try it? I don't have a good way to brine it before smoking. [​IMG]
  2. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Did you mean without brining? If so don't you have a cooler or a couple of bucks for a new 5 gallon bucket? You can smoke it without brining but you risk a dry bird.
  3. pitbull

    pitbull Fire Starter

    I use a pretty simple method, but it works good and I have never had a complaint.

    Get a clean 5 gallon pail with a lid.

    1 gallon apple juice
    2 cups dark brown sugar
    2 cups kosher salt
    1 apple sliced up ( 6 or 7 pieces)
    1 orange sliced (6 or 7 pieces)
    10 cloves of garlic (smashed)
    3 bay leaves

    Disolve brown sugar and salt in hot water, put into 5 gallon pail.
    Add juice and other ingredients.

    Put thawed turkey in and add enough water to cover the bird.
    Put the lid on and set in the fridge for a few days.
  4. tendriver

    tendriver Fire Starter

    Yeah. I meant without. My kid was crying and wife screaming when I posted this. The result was totally incomprehensible.

    I found a cooler I forgot I had. I'm only smoking a turkey breast, so it ought to fit in there, and I'll have to keep icing it down since there's no room in the fridge.

    Thanks for that recipe. I'll give it a try!
  5. raceyb

    raceyb Smoking Fanatic

    Some of the other guys had a great suggestion on that. Place your ice in large zip lock bags, so the melting ice doesn't weaken your brine.
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  7. +1 on this, This will be my first smoke of a turkey with the above mentioned brine, but I do chickens with it all the time and its great, I had planned on using a 5 gal bucket in the fridge, but I believe I am going to do the Large ziplocks now in the cooler to save fridge space.

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