Buttermilk brine for Turkey?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by paulmart, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. I'm planning on doing a turkey breast tomorrow! I've been doing buttermilk brines for all things chicken lately. Since I've started doing this brine, I've made some of the best chicken I've ever had

    1L buttermilk
    1/4c salt
    1/4c brown sugar
    Green onion
    Garlic
    ...other random things

    Has anyone ever tried a buttermilk brine for turkey?
    Can anyon give me a reason not to?
     
  2. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I LIKE the idea.  I've used buttermilk for making fried chicken but never thought about using it in a brine.  Turkey, chicken, shouldn't make any difference.
     
  3. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Never done that, may have to give it a shot !
     
  4. Well..I did it lol
     
  5. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Works just fine for turkey. If you really want a treat try your butter milk brine on pork chops then bread them and smoker fry them up!
     
  6. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Be watchin to see how it turns out, bet it'll be tasty !
     
  7. Pork chops!
    Oh yeah, ill try that for sure!

    My brine ended up being

    1l buttermilk
    1/4c kosher salt
    1/4c brown sugar
    2 green onions chopped

    With a coffee grinder I mixed

    1 sprig of rosemary
    A pinch of dill..yes, dill
    minched onion
    garlic powder

    Then gently heated all together while stirring hard, just till salt and sugar was completely dissolved

    I did inject...lol
    mistake???
     
  8. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Mistake? Heck no! I love injecting chicken and turkey breasts.
     
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2014
  9. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I nearly always buttermilk brine, then also use it in the flour coating in my Southern Fried Chicken. It does though cause a change in the skins texture I have noticed. I assume due to the lactic acid which is also why we use it to tenderize.

    Never really assoc. the buttermilk taste with a turkey though. Looking forward to a review.

    Definitely in on this.
     
  10. acres87

    acres87 Fire Starter

    Thanks for sharing your recipe. I did buttermilk brine on Thanksgiving bird and I actually enjoyed breast meat for once, rave reviews all around
     
  11. My confidence is much higher now lol
    thanks!
     
  12. About 21 hours of buttermilk brine

    Out of the brine and rinsed

    I pat it dry, then air dry for roughly an hour

    Rub!

    1/2c brown sugar
    pinch garlic powder
    pinch minced onion
    pinch rosemary
    2 pinches of paprika
    pinch of white pepper
    small pinch of chipoltle


    I know this picture doesnt show much, but I'd hate to be smited by the q-view gods

    Going on the smoker in an hour or so!
     

  13. How rude of me!

    GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!
     
  14. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    What a nice way to start the day!
     
  15. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    OMG! Its been Probed!
     
  16. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking tasty! When pressed for time and needing to air dry, a hair dryer on low heat or no heat works great!
     
  17. Interesting!
    That's a good idea

    Im keeping this bird at a fairly low temp here.
    Im just smoking it at around 225
    Its actually just about to break even at the 140 in 4 mark

     

  18. I switched to this charcoal by accident.. I wouldnt have purchased it had the it been priced correctly (waayyy more than what im used to paying)

    I have to say. How fast the chimney turned into fully glowing coals and how hot it felt to be around it was VERY noticable!
     
  19. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    <scratching my head> Is that a turkey or a turkey roast or a turkey breast? I just noticed what looks to be the elastic netting.
     

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