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edited August 2012 in Poultry

What is a good recipe for brining turkey breast to be smoked.




  • I think Doc Eggerton did a brined turkey that he loved not too long ago. It's from the book Charcuterie but PM Doc and see if he will pass along the recipe for you

  • BrownieBrownie Posts: 1,022
    I think I remember @GrannyX4 doing one too. Sounds tasty, I would like to hear about your results.
  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,213
    I have done a lot of playing around with brining. I did the Charcuterie, several other wet brines, buttermilk brine and a dry kosher salt and spice brine. The buttermilk was my least favorite, great for chicken. The wet brines were OK. I like the dry salt brine the best. It seem to give turkey the most flavor and the best texture. Yes it is salty but I wash the salt off befor cooking. I also break the rule of 160 for the bird and take it off at 150 to 155.
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  • newegg13newegg13 Posts: 231
    Check out Alton Brown's turkey brine recipe. I did it for a roasted turkey and it was great. I bet it would work with smoked with little or no alterations.
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  • U_tardedU_tarded Posts: 1,128
    edited August 2012
    My favorite has been a apple/orange brine pretty simple a gallon should be close but you may need a direction I do it from memory now but I got it from a friend when I lived in Texas

    (1 gallon recipe) main point is one gallon liquid to 1 cup kosher salt don't use table salt in the same proportion or you will give yourself a salt lick

    1 cup kosher
    2 quarts apple juice
    2 quarts ice water (key to drop temp fast)
    1 head of garlic (small to medium) finely chopped
    1 cup ginger grated or finely chopped
    1 tsp ground clove
    1 or 2 cup honey depending on how sweet you want it the bine mildly flavors
    3 oranges 
    2 table spoons of mortons tenderquick

    put apple juice, salt and honey in a stock pot over medium heat
    add ginger, honey, garlic, and cloves and stir/heat until disolved then remove from heat
    quarter oranges rind and all squeeze juice into the brine then toss them in as well
    cool down with ice water/refridgerate.

    when the water temp is below 40 degrees you can either toss it in the pot or at that time I like to inject the brine into the breast thighs legs etc in several places.  I then put my turkey in one of the roasting bags for the oven pour the brine into that and seal it up.  I brine for 24-48 hours depending on my timing.  Then I remove from the brine 12-24 hours prior to smoking so that the skin will dry out.  

    When smoking I stuff the turkey with apple and orange slices and and onion for extra flavor.

    I also wrap the turkey in a cheese cloth for smoking to help with prevent blackening of the skin.  I remove it at about 140 internal breast the crisp up the skin the last part of the cook.  done about 5 turkeys this way and 3/5 skin was great 1 I didn't wrap and the skin was black and super rubbery but the meat was the moistest I have ever had in white meat of a turkey.  Watch the wings and the legs you may have to wrap in foil to protect them 1/2 way through the cook the get dark really fast.  

    Good luck and I hope I helped!

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