Originally Posted by chilidog
I've read the thread on the ultimate Thanksgiving brine. My question is, can you smoke a turkey without a brine? We are trying to cut some of the salt out of our food and I'm not too sure I would like the turkey if it had a sweet flavor from the sugar. Do I need to wrap the turkey at some point to hold in the juice?
Do the brined turkeys have a salty taste?
Sure. I've done a few without brining, just injected with some melted butter and laid the rub to it. Did an unbrined one last year at TG that several people told me it was the best turkey they'd ever eaten-moist, juicy, and tasty.