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12-10-2019 02:46 PM
Sniper BTW. Turkey turned out beautiful,, didn't even have any leftovers. Only had 5 people over.
From now on, I will only brine turkeys
12-10-2019 02:14 PM
DoveBucket I use beer, kosher salt and sugar. Works great!
11-22-2019 08:49 AM
Sniper Thanks Jerry. I knew about the Kosher salt,, use in everything from pickles to jerky. What I did not know is that the citrus firms the meat. On the sugar, I was planning on less than a half cup or dark brown sugar. I will know more when I make the brine, can always adjust
11-22-2019 08:37 AM
Jerry713 I think this is the best option for you. The brine recipe BigFish posted above is a standard brine. One thing to keep in mind not all salt is the same. Kosher salt has larger granules that iodized (or table) salt therefore a cup of Kosher won't be as salty as a cup of Iodized. I recommend using 1 cup Kosher salt to 1 gallon of water. I've used 1 cup iodized salt before and it was more salty for sure. Poultry can take a lot of salt but either go with Kosher or scale back to 3/4 cup if you use Iodized salt.

1 cup of sugar is a lot. It will make your turkey sweet. If that's what you like go with a full cup. I don't use sugar at all in my turkey brine. I do for chicken but not for turkey.

Also acidic or citric based liquids can make your meat firm up. Be careful how much of this you use.
11-22-2019 08:24 AM
Sniper It looks like Home Goods around here is more of a furnishing type store,, didn't see any brine. I'll just make my own, already have all the ingredients.
11-22-2019 05:56 AM
karstopo Home Goods often has good brines for way off retail if you don’t want to mix your own.
11-20-2019 06:40 PM
Sniper Thanks guys. First time to brine and wasn't sure about the spices
11-20-2019 12:29 PM
Jerry713 The main ingredient in a brine is salt. Salt = flavor. Sugar penetrates well also. You can add herbs and other spices but it takes a lot of it to penetrate poulty.
11-20-2019 11:52 AM
karstopo There’s tons of brine recipes online. Alton Brown, Ree Drummond, Dinner at the Zoo...

I think it helps to get the salt to water ratio right.


The next link has some things to avoid like leaving the meat in the brine too long or putting in too much sugar


I like allspice berries and fresh squeezed orange in turkey brine. Orange tree wood is a good wood to smoke a turkey. Produces a golden brown color on the skin. Cherry wood smoke makes for a darker colored skin. Cherry wood smoke produces a bolder flavor than orange tree wood.
11-20-2019 07:04 AM
loco4fishn Everything. Salt,pepper,garlic cloves,rosemary,thyme,jalapeños,oranges,and anything else I find. Put it to brine Sunday or Monday. No later. My turkeys are always a hit.
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