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Posted: 11/21/2012 7:18:22 AM EDT
I do kosher salt, brown sugar, honey, garlic.  Looking to change it up a little this year in prep for smoking our birdie.  Anyone have any secret recipes?
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 7:23:15 AM EDT
I don't do anything fancy––just salt and regular sugar.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 7:28:19 AM EDT
I'm smoking with mesquite wood.

First off, a 48 hours brine is preferred, and you're already too late for that.  But by all means, put it in now.

For my brine this year, I used the standard 1 gallon boiling + 1 cup salt + 1 gallon cold method.  I also add the standard sage, rosemary & thyme herbs, a tablespoon of each will do ya.  I use stock for the boiling part instead of plain water, and use a beer (pale ale works well) in the cold part.  This year, I also threw in some dried cranberries and apple chips to the boil.  They'll rehydrate and release their sugars which gives you a subtle extra layer of flavor.

Brining is principally for moisture control and seasoning, though you never want to miss an opportunity to also add flavor.


I also segment my bird for the smoker.  Take the haunches off whole, pull the wings, and cut the tail end of the spine off.  You'll have just the "football" of the whole breast, and two enormous haunches for the dark meat.  Much better cooking times and results when a smoker is involved.  And let's face it: who cares that it's not whole, right?  I also segment the 4 pieces of wing and those get pulled off the smoker after about 90 minutes and turned into hot wings for lunch.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 7:34:59 AM EDT
I was looking at some IPA and thinking "that would probably be good to add".  I love cooking with beer.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 7:36:25 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BayEagle:
I was looking at some IPA and thinking "that would probably be good to add".  I love cooking with beer.


Your name has changed.  I like it.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:28:13 AM EDT



Originally Posted By w15ly:



Originally Posted By BayEagle:

I was looking at some IPA and thinking "that would probably be good to add".  I love cooking with beer.




Your name has changed.  I like it.



There is another guy with my avatar ( I had it first-est)





 
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:30:20 AM EDT
orange juice



Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:34:28 AM EDT
Here's one I just made up. Shake's Honey Brine.

http://www.virtualweberbullet.com/turkey2.html
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:44:39 AM EDT
I put the bird on the smoker about an hour ago.  Cherry and apple chips.

It brined for 2 days in:

1/2 gallon apple juice
2 cups salt
1 cup  brown sugar
1 TBL pepper corns
3 bay leaves.

Water to cover
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:46:20 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BayEagle:
I was looking at some IPA and thinking "that would probably be good to add".  I love cooking with beer.


I add beer to the pan when I roast mine, after brining and smoking.

I've tried beer in brine...but it is not as good as apple juice.

Link Posted: 11/21/2012 11:49:10 AM EDT
I just did water, salt, brown sugar, thyme, parsley, peppercorns, bay leaves.

Basically what was laying around.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 12:00:28 PM EDT
Over on subguns is the recipe I will be using this year.

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Link Posted: 11/21/2012 12:03:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By scotchymcdrinkerbean:
I don't do anything fancy––just salt and regular sugar.


+1

The rub is where I add the flavor
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 12:03:50 PM EDT
Having brined turkey vs. non brined, it's good, but a far bigger flavor difference is roasting the bird on a bed of mirepoix. Obviously if you do both you'll be even awesomer but I'll put my mirepoix bird with garlic butter under the skin up against any other non-smoked bird. To include deep fried.

Smoked is a whole 'nother dimension of awesome.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 12:11:13 PM EDT
Finally got it done:



18lb bird

Gallon boiling water

2 cups kosher salt

4 chicken bouillion cubes

1T thyme

1T rosemary

1T Sage

1tea marjoram

1T black pepper

3 bay leafs

1T Old Bay (i use it for everything)

1T minced garlic

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup honey




Covered bird with ice (like 5lbs?)

Dumped hot brine over it

Covered with cold water




Added one Dogfishhead 60 Minute IPA (and drank one for working so damn hard)




Pecan and cherry wood for the smoker tomorrow morning.  Also smoking some home made kielbasa.




Thanks for the help guys!
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 12:16:56 PM EDT
I never did a turkey, only pheasant and salmon. I do it in a 5 gallon bucket and soak the meat in the brine for at least 24 hours, 48 hours preferred. About 3 gallons water, add enough salt to float an egg. However much salt that took, add that much sugar and an equal part brown sugar. 1 cup Wild Turkey, handful of black pepper and another handful of red pepper flakes. Sometime I add some cock sauce. The idea is to get the sugar into the cells of the meat, so instead of liquid in there, it is a gel. Turns out pretty good, especially with sockeye and alder smoke. Maple is good, also.
Link Posted: 11/21/2012 1:15:42 PM EDT
piss on its leg to show your dominance first.  

then do what everybody else said to do.  

i have never brined a turkey.  i always have to go to grandpa's house and eat it they way he cooks it; plain jane, no seasoning, dry as shoe leather.  but boy o boy, it sure is good.  
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