turkey brine

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Brining cuts of beef and pork go way back in my family dinners but I did not start doing birds until the first time I watched it being done by Alton Brown on Good Eats. Strange how somethings are obvious after you have it explained to you by someone else.
Servings:
1
Preparation Time:
60 minutes
Tools
  • 5+ qt. pot w/ lid
  • measuring cup
  • long wooden spoon

Ingredients

  • 4 qt. turkey stock
  • 2 c. kosher salt
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 head garlic, peeled & bruised
  • 5 slices candied ginger
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 T. pepper corns
  • 1 t. whole cloves
  • 1/2 t. whole allspice
  • 1/2 t. cumin seeds
Cooking Instructions
  1. Put the stock, salt, and sugar into the pot and stir until the salt and sugar are dissolved.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, cover and bring to a boil.
  3. Turn down to a simmer and leave partially covered for 30 minutes.
  4. Cool and store in the refrigerator until needed.

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I still brine birds if I'm

I still brine birds if I'm going to roast them, but a few years ago I stopped brining if they are going in the smoker. I discovered this one year when I didn't have time to brine, and the turkey turned out moister than any of the turkey's before. When cooking low and slow, brining seems to be counter-productive.

I talked to a few other smoke cookers at school, and several of them have noticed the same thing when it comes to smoking fowl.