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Unread 01-17-2013, 10:31 PM   #1
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Default Do you get less smoke flavor when you brine????

Hello My Wise Brethren,
I have brined pork, chicken and turkey (all at different dates), smoked 'em for 2 hrs and turn it up to finish. Each time I have brined I have noticed very little smoke flavor comes through. However, when I just use smoke, turn it up to finish I have wonderful smokey flavor. I use a Traeger Lil' Tex Elite and usually hickory, but have used various pellets as well.
Has anyone else found this to be true as well?
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Not sure about the results of smoke with a wet brine. But if you're not getting the desired smokey results, you might want to try a dry brine. My dry-brined Thanksgiving bird had plenty of smoked flavor.
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Do you put it in wet? Maybe give it a good scrub with paper towl first?
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I haven't noticed brining affecting the smoke flavor.
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you might want to try a dry brine. My dry-brined Thanksgiving bird had plenty of smoked flavor.[/QUOTE]
......I've never heard of dry brined. I will look into that. Thanks!
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Do you put it in wet? Maybe give it a good scrub with paper towl first?
I do dry it off. Should I dry it off and then let it set in the fridge for awhile so it dries more?
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Good to see you posting Erin, LTNS. I believe a brined bird should take smoke well as it is moist skin. I used to buy brined birds that were smoked. But they were smoked at low temps for hours.

For the past couple of years, I apply a good rub and let the bird sit overnight. Wrapped in a ziplock bag. Some call this dry brining.
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Good to see you posting Erin, LTNS. I believe a brined bird should take smoke well as it is moist skin. I used to buy brined birds that were smoked. But they were smoked at low temps for hours.

For the past couple of years, I apply a good rub and let the bird sit overnight. Wrapped in a ziplock bag. Some call this dry brining.
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Good to see you posting Erin, LTNS. I believe a brined bird should take smoke well as it is moist skin. I used to buy brined birds that were smoked. But they were smoked at low temps for hours.

For the past couple of years, I apply a good rub and let the bird sit overnight. Wrapped in a ziplock bag. Some call this dry brining.
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Good to see you posting Erin, LTNS. I believe a brined bird should take smoke well as it is moist skin. I used to buy brined birds that were smoked. But they were smoked at low temps for hours.

For the past couple of years, I apply a good rub and let the bird sit overnight. Wrapped in a ziplock bag. Some call this dry brining.
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Well, that went well, can we delete the multiple posts?
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Hi to you too Landarc. It turns out that I have dry brined years ago without knowing it. I did it with a huge prime rib back in my "kitchen oven" days. It was really delicious. When I first started smoking and cooking on my TraegerI was told not to let salty rub set too long on meat because it draws moisture out. Come to think of it I think this was in regards to pork ribs. So, I've not done it since because it made my ribs dry.
What type of recipe do you use for dry rubbing chicken and other things? Nice to see you are still here too. I fall into a rut of forgetting my password, giving up and just searching old posts for information. Fortunately this MAC I am on happened to "remember" me so I was able to press on with my question/post. Thanks for you help, Landarc.
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BTW, I thought the multiple posts were funny
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I'm smoking on a lol Tex and have had no issues with getting smoke into meat regardless is brined or not. Though I suppose it depends on how smoky you want things. If you want things smokier perhaps keep the temp low for longer before putting the spurs to it.

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