turkey breast brine HELP!!!!!

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by austin buckeye, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. austin buckeye

    austin buckeye Smoke Blower

    I am wanting to smoke a turkey breast or two this weekend. I need some ideas on a brine. I did see a recipe for a brine that I believe was Jeff Phillips. However, I cannot find it now. Please help.
  2. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  3. austin buckeye

    austin buckeye Smoke Blower

  4. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    First you will want to check to see if they have been brined already, it will say enhanced or fluid added, etc.

    There is only so much room for brine and if its already been brined it really reduces the absorption ability.

    I don't know Jeff's, I usually stick the a simple salt, sugar, sugar usually close to equal parts. 1 gal water 1 c, 1c, 1c. If its canning salt add slightltt less because of the fine grind. So if you are like I was doing just filets, I used 2 qts. water, 1/3C salt, 1/2 C brown sugar, and 1/2C white sugar. The Instead of the 1/2c of white sugar I used some local cane syrup dividing the white sugar to 1.4C and adding 1/4 cup of syrup.

    You can add any herb or spice you like, but be sure and heat and steep the solution so the spices/herbs can give off more flavor. then cool the brine. I usually start off with 1/4 of the total water to heat, I add the salt, sugar, sugar, herbs, spices, I heat to a boil adding the herbs and spices. I remove from the heat, let it set 30 mins. then add ice to remove the heat, not to exceed the total amount needed.

    Then the brine is steeped, chilled, and you top it off with whatever your fluid medium is, I use water but broths, juices, livations, etc., anything can be used.

    I try hard to not get too many complex flavors, Brine allows some flavoring, but I figure its more about the extra water in the meat

    There 100's of brine recipes here, its all about what you like. Liquid, salt, sugar, sugar, Thats your brine You can deviate slightly, you can bring more to the table, you can do basic, its all what you enjoy.
  5. austin buckeye

    austin buckeye Smoke Blower

  6. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    I haven't tried Jeff's brine recipe, but I'll bet its good...My favorite poultry brine is Tip's (Travcoman45) Slaughterhouse Brine, which is an old favorite around here.  Its one of 3 Slaughterhouse recipes you can find at this link:



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