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scotts1919 04-11-2013 07:45 AM

Turkey Breast - Brine?
Morning all. So i recently purchased a frozen turkey breast from target because it was on sale and i wanted to indirect grill it this weekend but i had a brining question. It says on the package that it has up to 15% solution in it and i am worried about brining the breast because it already has up to a 15% solution. Its a little under 6 pounds, whats everyone's thoughts on this?


Schmoke 04-11-2013 07:52 AM

Brine it! No question. The good brine will get into the meat, in turn pushing out the water originally in the bird.

ButtBurner 04-11-2013 07:59 AM

I have done many of those and have never brined them

they come out great as is

scotts1919 04-11-2013 08:07 AM

@Schmoke- If i did brine, what kind of brine time would you think i would need?

Wampus 04-11-2013 08:44 AM

I brine enhanced birds all the time.
I don't think it does AS good on enhanced/injected birds, but I still do it.

Simple brine:
1 g water
1 c salt
1/2 c sugar
whole peppercorns (about a palm full)
Rub (whatever you like)

This brine recipe is enough for a few chickens, so adjust accordingly.

code3rrt 04-11-2013 10:05 AM

I haven't tried it myself, but I have read great reviews On Pattio Daddios turkey brine. You could find it quickly with a search.

Schmoke 04-11-2013 03:51 PM


Originally Posted by scotts1919 (Post 2443768)
@Schmoke- If i did brine, what kind of brine time would you think i would need?

When I read '15% solution', I translated that as a fancy-schmancy way to say there was a bunch of water and what the meat co. calls 'broth' added to the meat, primarily to make the bird heavier, and you pay meat price for the added water.

If the package states 'pre-brined', well that changes things a bit. In my experience, it's NEVER brined long enough. It's partially brined, and you have NO IDEA how much more brining it needs. It's not like you can sample some of the juice, you know.

If it's just injected/enhanced with 15% 'solution', I've never considered that brining. I've brined those just fine.

You asked how long to brine it. I can only tell you what *I* would do.

If it is pre-brined, I wouldn't brine it at all. Underbrined is better than overbrined. And it's gonna be underbrined.

If it doesn't say pre-brined ... boy, SIX pounds is a big ol' turkey breast. If it says 15% solution added, you just KNOW it's at least 20%, so I'm gonna say there's 4 1/2 pounds of meat there. A *general* guideline is brine one hour per pound. I would brine it at least three hours, no more than four.

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