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Unread 10-23-2011, 08:01 PM   #1
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Does smoking turkey require a less saline brine solution.


I made my usual brine - 2 gals liquid (including about 25& ice), 1 cup kosher salt and 1/2 cup sugar one day in advance.


I rubbed the bird under the skin with Plowboys Yardbird.


The brine is what I use to roast my turkeys using an herb butter rub.


I cooked with royal oak and cherry 275- 300 for four hours.


It was a little too salty for my taste.


Does the lower longer cook concentrate the brine?
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Chicken I've found, brines in 2-3 hours.
Turkey I do overnight, but with chicken it's too long for me. Unless I'm doing a buttermilk brine.
So it sounds like too long in the brine to me.


FYI, I also do 1cup salt, 1cup sugar, plus whatever else, per gallon.
Does that sound about right to you chicken pros?
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Oh ok.
Turkey.
sorry....
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It wasn't the brine.

Was the bird already brined/enhanced (many are).

You have a 1/2 strength brine at best. A "normal" ratio is about 1 gal to one cup of table salt. Your ratio is 1 gal to 1/2 cup. Kosher salt by cup will be less salty then a cup of table salt.

FYI, I brine mine for 48 hours with no one commenting.

How about the rub, is that salty to you? How much, maybe you over rubbed it.

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What percent solution was it enhanced with? Sounds like that might be the issue. I try to stay at 2-3% enhanced at most if possible.

I brine for 24 hours w/ 1 cup salt, 1 cup brown sugar per gallon
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Did you rinse the brine off before you smoked it? I forgot to rinse some trout once and they came out salty.
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I came into this thread all fired up ready to help my brethern NSMikeD and see that it's all been covered. Thanks everyone. Carry on.
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You have a 1/2 strength brine at best. A "normal" ratio is about 1 gal to one cup of table salt. Your ratio is 1 gal to 1/2 cup. Kosher salt by cup will be less salty then a cup of table salt.
I agree... per gallon, I use 1 cup kosher or sea salt and 1 cup of light brown sugar (I bring the water to a rolling boil before stirring in the sugar and salt....)

No guru, but have been smoking fer years and I always brine fish or fowl, before smoking.... That's were you can get creative
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