Smoking without a brine..

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by butt-smoker, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. Going to smoke my first bird this year. Almost everyone, says to use, a brine solution. A friend of mine, tells me to rub it and place a water pan below, while loosely covering the breast w/ a foil tent. He swears by it. Says, once you have a smoked bird, you'll never want anything, but smoked.

    Any comments will be appreciated..

    Happy Smoking!!
  2. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Brine just makes it that much better. It really does make a super moist tender bird, and you can add nice flavors with a brine as well.
  3. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Once you brine, you'll never smoke without brining again! And as far as the smoked part..........well!
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now you don't have to brine. I try and brine my birds but soimetimes I just can't brine it. So it will come out pretty darn good if you don't brine. Now I would recommand that you do but you don't have too.
  5. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    Welcome to SMF glad you joined us

    I agree I like to brine or inject my birds but even if you can't for some reason they will still come out OK. You can still apply the rub after you brine and rinse the bird with no problem. Personally I usually just use salt, pepper, and garlic on the outside of the bird but I have on occasion used a rub and it works fine. I don't foil poultry unless the wings start to get too crisp then I will wrap just the wing in foil.
  6. I'm an injector guy.  Nothing against brine, just prefer to inject.  Think you get a great product either way.  If you do neither, it can still come out good, just not as juicy and flavorful.
  7. dowquest

    dowquest Fire Starter

    As long as we are talking Brineing, I read an article about Brineing Turkey, and the author was recommending to brine 12-24 hrs, then let the bird "rest" another 24 in the fridge to let the brine distribute and work on the meat. What are the thoughts on the rest period?
  8. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That's a new though process to me. I have not heard about it. Don't know if there is any truth to it or not? Maybe someone will chime in on this.
  9. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I just smoked a Jennie O turkey that already had some solution, it came out great, not dry. I do prefer a brined bird, but straright off of the shelf doesn't nake it bad. It;s all good my f friend.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2010
  10. Thanks everyone for the replies.

    I ended up brineing the bird after all, last night, for 14 hours. I rinsed him and he is chillin' in the fridge.

    I will post some pics tomorrow, after I get done smoking him.

    I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

    Peace & Smoke,

  11. I smoked a practice bird last weekend that was just a cheap bird that already had a solution.  I injected and rubbed it.  Turned out good.  My father-in-law, a non turkey guy even liked it!  I say that whatever you want is best!  Good luck and Happy Turkey Day!!  Sounds like you are on the right track...

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