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Do you guys brine a Turkey breast?

Going to do a turkey breast for Thanksgiving and was thinking of brining but I've never brined before. So if you do brine, what's a good recipe?

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  • WC1WC1 Posts: 36
    Yes, the only way I have cooked a turkey. I used the orange/honey brine from the weber bullet site and it turned out great. Also might try foil on the breast when the temp,starts to get close so that you don't overlook.
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  • Yes. Would never do one without it.

    1 Gallon water
    1 cup kosher (not table) salt
    1/2 cup sugar

    That's all you need but Since its turkey day, spend the extra cash and do this: http://eggheadforum.com/discussion/1145474/the-herbed-poultry-brine-from-charcuterie-the-craft-of-salting-smoking-and-curing#latest

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  • HicHic Posts: 348
    Thanks guys

    Large, medium, small and a mini. Egg'n, golfing, beer drinking, camping and following football and baseball.
    Atlanta NOTP suburbia.

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  • tjvtjv Posts: 3,281
    brine only if not already injected with 8-12 percent of god knows what.......

    t
    www.ceramicgrillstore.com ACGP, Inc.
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  • GriffinGriffin Posts: 6,697
    ONly if its not enhanced with "stuff"

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  • jlsmjlsm Posts: 836
    I also do a dry brine when fridge space is tight: 1T kosher salt per 5 lbs. of turkey rubbed under the skin. Rest for 48 hours. 
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    Owner of a large and a beloved mini in Philadelphia
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  • GQuizGQuiz Posts: 680
    I cooked one of those 3 lb Butterball turkey breasts Saturday. I slathered with mustard and DD Raging River. Used mesquite chips. Cooked at 350 indirect. Turned into an Alka Seltzer commercial... "I can't believe I ate the whole thing." It was dynamite.

    XL BGE; Schertz TX by way of Stow OH. #egghead4life
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  • HDumptyEsqHDumptyEsq Posts: 1,095

    Start with enough water to dissolve;

    1cup kosher salt, I cup light brown sugar,

    1/4 cup dried sage

    2 tbs dried garlic

    1/2 dried onion powder

    2 tbs whole peppercorns

    6 bay leaves.

    1 tbs paprika.

    Bring to a boil and simmer 10 mins, add to 1 gallon of ice cold water. Put turkey and brine in 2 gallon bag overnight - keeping under 40 degrees F. Air dry in fridge for a couple of hours and proceed with egg, as normal.

    Tony in Brentwood, TN.

    Medium BGE, New Braunfels off-set smoker, 3-burner Charbroiler gasser, mainly used for Eggcessory  storage, old electric upright now used for Amaz-N-Smoker.

    "I like cooking with wine - sometimes I put it in the food." - W. C. Fields

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  • AUdentiteAUdentite Posts: 7
    edited November 2013
    I started smoking skin-on, bone-in turkey breasts a couple months ago and have never brined.  All have turned out wonderfully.  I put a tablespoon of softened butter bt the skin and breast (just tease it away) and coat whole thing with Dizzy Pig Raging River.  Put drip pan with apple juice underneath grate on top of plate setter (got that idea from someone on here but not sure who).  One fist sized, soaked pecan chunk on flames and smoke at 300.  Light pink smoke ring and nice smoke flavor.  Very tender and juicy as well, so I haven't found brining necessary though I'm sure it wouldn't hurt.
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  • rholtrholt Posts: 368
    I would say to go ahead and brine even with an 8% solution already enhanced. Did that last weekend and it was perfect. Not too salty. Just cut the salt in half. Definitely made a world of difference with regard to moisture, flavor, and overall goodness.
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  • HicHic Posts: 348
    Thanks guys - I've cooked turkey before and have never brined. This will be my first turkey breast on the bge and I'm going to give brining a try and will let you know how it turns out.

    Large, medium, small and a mini. Egg'n, golfing, beer drinking, camping and following football and baseball.
    Atlanta NOTP suburbia.

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  • @CenTex, that link you provided, did you use kosher salt or pink salt, couldn't tell from the thread.
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  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 7,760

    Here is how I like to do them with or without bone.  Brining IMHO yields a very moist breast.

    http://www.greeneggers.com/index.php?option=com_simpleboard&func=view&id=1326737&catid=1

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  • @CenTex, that link you provided, did you use kosher salt or pink salt, couldn't tell from the thread.

    Kosher for that one. I use pink for smoked turkey (like low and slow) That's a different recipe and a 24 hour brine. I like this one very much so I rarely do the 24 hr brine for the other. It does get a crazy cool smoke ring though.

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  • Is brining and injecting with cajun butter overkill? I am deep frying one turkey and smoking a breast on the egg. Also, what temp for the breast and how long should a 6 pounder take?
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  • @dgoldb I think the injection is a bad idea.  It will make mushy spots in the turkey wherever u inject it.  I done my first turkey this week and I loved the brining idea. Def. stick with that
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