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Brining a Butterball

The fresh Butterballs have the 5% solution shot in them. Can you brine/have you brined a Butterball? The reason I ask is my butcher said not to but the Butterball site has a How to Brine page with a brine recipe. Any thoughts?
Born and raised in NOLA. Now live in East TN.


  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,675
    As I have said several times it is a personal thing and I have brined birds for years that had higher percentages of injected "crap" than your Butterball. The Food Police have not hauled my butt to food jail yet and BTW we get raves for our birds!
    L, M, S &  Mini
    Re-gasketing America one yard at a time

    Dunlap, IL
  • RRP - Thanks for your reply. Do you have a favorite brine?
    Born and raised in NOLA. Now live in East TN.
  • I have Brined the last two Butterballs I have Egged and they turned out fantastic.
  • Brined this years Butterball in a salt / honey solution. Really great flavor and super color.

  • pflugpflug Posts: 106
    I used this simple brine on a butterball last week.

    Turned out awesome.
  • KingtUTKingtUT Posts: 157
    I brined for 24 hours and it was as good or better than any turkey ive had,
  • freddyjfreddyj Posts: 129
    I've brined butterballs with success and brined a Jennie-o that came out like trash. The butterballs work fine with brine but brining a fresh, un-enhanced bird will blow a butterball out of the water
    Kamado Joe Big Joe, Classic & Junior
  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 9,762
    I used the following this year and will in the future.  It was really good. 

    1 cup Kosher salt (think I added more)
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    couple sprigs of thyme, sage, and rosemary
    orange rind
    half bulb of garlic

    I brought this to a boil and intensify.  Let set then pour over the bird.  Add ice and chill for 24hrs. 

    After that, remove bird, wash off, rub with garlic/herb butter, and cook!  Enjoy! 

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