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12-10-2019 03:46 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 03:14 PM
DoveBucket I use beer, kosher salt and sugar. Works great!
11-22-2019 09:49 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 09:37 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 09:24 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 06:56 AM
karstopo Home Goods often has good brines for way off retail if you don’t want to mix your own.
11-20-2019 07:40 PM
Sniper Thanks guys. First time to brine and wasn't sure about the spices
11-20-2019 01:29 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 12:52 PM
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.

https://www.thespruceeats.com/salt-t...e-ratio-336235

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

https://cookshack.com/blogs/recipes/brining-101

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 08:04 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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