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Old 11-24-2010, 02:48 PM   #1
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Default Will this make a good brine??For a enhanced turkey

I add ed a few flavors to a brine I found.Im just scared it could be too salty??

1 box chicken stock
1/4 Cup salt
1/2 brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground Thyme
1/2 tablespoon ground rosemary
1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon peppercorns
1 1/2 tablespoon Plowboys Yardbird rub
1 Gallon of water
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Old 11-24-2010, 04:18 PM   #2
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Might be low on the salt, depending on how much is in the Chicken Stock. The minimum amount of salt per gallon of brine is usually 1/2 cup per gallon. Other than that, it looks like a winner to me!
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Old 11-24-2010, 04:53 PM   #3
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Interested as well - wife bought the turkey and picked one up that has 8% solution added - would like to add some more flavor to it.

Will be frying mine, going to rub pretty liberally as well.
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I missed the part about "enhanced"! I guess your brine is spot on then! Although...I have to wonder how it is a brine with that little salt...but oh well!
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:14 PM   #5
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I missed the part about "enhanced"! I guess your brine is spot on then! Although...I have to wonder how it is a brine with that little salt...but oh well!
I was just scared maybe the Yardbird and chicken broth would salt
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Old 11-24-2010, 05:20 PM   #6
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I was just scared maybe the Yardbird and chicken broth would salt
They will add salt, but probably not 1/4 cup worth of salt. You might get close to a tablespoon from the Plowboys (probably less), leaving you with 3 more tablespoons of salt to get to 1/2 cup total. I'm not sure how much salt is in that broth...but considering it is just one box, there is probably not 3 tablespoons in there or else the broth itself would taste like a brine.

Until this year, I never heard about cutting the salt in half for enhanced birds. I've cooked enhanced birds before and brined them in solutions using 3/4 cup salt per gallon of water, and had no problems at all. However, considering who the folks are that were suggesting that the salt be cut in half, I believe they know something. However, I do believe the rule still remains that anything less than 1/2 cup per gallon is not a brine, whether it is an enhanced bird or not. I'll let them speak to this however.
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They will add salt, but probably not 1/4 cup worth of salt. You might get close to a tablespoon from the Plowboys (probably less), leaving you with 3 more tablespoons of salt to get to 1/2 cup total. I'm not sure how much salt is in that broth...but considering it is just one box, there is probably not 3 tablespoons in there or else the broth itself would taste like a brine.

Until this year, I never heard about cutting the salt in half for enhanced birds. I've cooked enhanced birds before and brined them in solutions using 3/4 cup salt per gallon of water, and had no problems at all. However, considering who the folks are that were suggesting that the salt be cut in half, I believe they know something. However, I do believe the rule still remains that anything less than 1/2 cup per gallon is not a brine, whether it is an enhanced bird or not. I'll let them speak to this however.
I added in between 1/4 and 1/2 cup of salt.I called it 1/4 just because I wasent exactly sure of the measurement.Im sure that is not a big deal that it wont make a diffrence,but it's too late that sucker has been soaking for about 5 hours now.Im just hoping between the enhanced bird,the some what brine and the injecter kit it will be as juicy as can be.
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Old 11-25-2010, 09:55 AM   #8
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I'm sure you'll be fine from the sound of it then!
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Old 11-25-2010, 10:08 AM   #9
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It sounds decent to me too. I agree with earlier posts (check the ingredients in the broth). Not familiar with the plowboys rub either and I would check that also, especially since you are adding the other herbs and spice. Don't want a clash.
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