TURKEY BRINE

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by mymoxiedoxie, Nov 24, 2008.

  1. mymoxiedoxie

    mymoxiedoxie New Egg

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    Hi. I am new to BYC. I was reading about brine for the chickens and I just learned you need to brine your turkey too. Question is; what is the brine mix? I have a 28lb turkey ("turkey boy") and I would like to have a general idea of how much salt to how much water. Someone suggested 12 hours for less salty taste. I just don't have any idea what is right. Any suggestions? Thanks![​IMG]
     
  2. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2007
    la porte, In
    We just brined and smoked a turkey and two hens. One cup Morton Tender Quick, 1/2 brown sugar to one gallon water. Let sit in brine for 5 days then smoke. For a bird that size I would do about 6 gallons worth.
     
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  3. andehens

    andehens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't had a home grown turkey in years so don't know the length of time required for brining, but for my store turkeys I use about 3/4 cup salt, a frozen can of apple juice and about 3 gal water, and brine in fridge for 24 hours, ummmmmm, juicy and tender!

    eta: of course double for the 6 gal or so!
     
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  4. mullers3acers

    mullers3acers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2007
    la porte, In
    We did this brine and smoked with apple wood and it was out of this world. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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