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Turkey brining question

I will be doing a 12lb spatchcocked turkey next week for the big day.  I was all set on my brining recipe, injection and rub. . .  until my wife informed me that our bird is one of those "moisture enhanced" "8% solution" birds.  I don't have much faith in these 'enhancements,' as I have eaten dry, unbrined 'enhanced' birds before.  While I have read some comments that say that brining can't hurt an enhanced bird as osmosis will keep the bird balanced, others, such as the knowledgable folks at, warn of salty disasters if you brine an 'enhanced' bird.

Thoughts?  Should I just skip with the brining or go for it? 


  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,598
    edited November 2012

    Yes. Skip it....... 12 lb spatchcock at 400 direct/raised will not need it in the hour and a half cook.


    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • billyraybillyray Posts: 1,125
    If you do brine it, make a 1/2 strength solution and you should be okay with the saltiness question. I did a 15% enhanced breast yesterday with a 1/2 strength solution and is very moist and not salty.
    Felton, Ca. 2-LBGE, 1-Small and waiting on a mini
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