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Thread: Thanksgiving Goodies

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Napa, CA

    Default Thanksgiving Goodies

    Hi All,
    I am doing 2 5ish pound turkey breasts for turkey day, and I normally brine if I am doing turkey in a regular oven. I usually do salt, sugar, and apple cider vinegar in water. I was going to brine before the smoker too. Is it necessary? Are there any issues with dry meat? I love smoking stuff, but I haven't done turkey yet. Thanks!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Cedar, MN (but still not far enough from the Cities)


    The ST's are sealed units, so brining isn't necessary for moisture, but if you like the flavor of the brine, go for it! Watch your internal temp, and I'd recommend some type of remote-read thermometer, so you're not opening the door to check temp. Opening the door causes huge moisture losses. Too high an internal temp will cause drying much more so than smoking without a brine.
    I'd recommend something really mild like apple or alder, but whatever your tastebuds like will work too!

    Let us know how things turn out. I also recommend a little notebook to keep track of your successes and failures. It'll help you develop a catalog of recipes you can keep going back to.
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