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11-23-2011, 05:21 PM
I just purchased two natural turkey? Do I have time to Brine these birds if I'm going to smoke them at 9 AM? Will the skin be rubbery?

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11-23-2011, 06:08 PM
No expert, but I'd say that some time in the brine is better than no time. Brine time for a turkey is usually 18-24 hours, but although the bird may not get the full benefit of the brine with only 12 hours, it should still get some. Remember equillibrium is the key to brining. The salt in the brine will start equalizing with the salt in the meat right away. It may just not have the time it needs to do the whole job.

11-23-2011, 06:14 PM
Agreed, some is better than none. And rubbery skin is always an issue with brined birds. you can help along the browning by starting out the bird in a hot (400-425) oven or grill for maybe 30 minutes, then backing it down to 325 for the rest of the cook.