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    Dry or wet brine for the bird?

    Going to spatchcock the turkey on the Camp Chef. Will be a first for me. I've got 2 days to decide on the brine. Leaning towards a dry brine right now. What are you guys using?
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    This recipe is pretty good

    https://heygrillhey.com/spatchcock-s...oasted-turkey/

    This is a good wet brine

    https://heygrillhey.com/smoked-turkey/

    Brining is usually 12-24 hours. Here’s a write up from camp chef.

    https://www.campchef.com/blog/your-g...e-or-dry-brine
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    Usually a wet brine here...

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    I just do the Webber with salt and pepper. Catch the drippings to make the gravy.

    I've had brined turkeys before, but can't tell much difference for all of the effort.

    It's the crispy skin that really makes it. And what people go for, even though they try to pretend to leave some for others. LOL
    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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    Now you've got me wondering what kind of brine Bob Evans will use for my thanksgiving day turkey. <g>

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sac View Post
    Going to spatchcock the turkey on the Camp Chef. Will be a first for me. I've got 2 days to decide on the brine. Leaning towards a dry brine right now. What are you guys using?
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    Never done a dry brine here’s a wet brine I enjoy
    https://www.smokingmeatforums.com/th...ecipes.303221/
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    I've used the Alton Brown turkey brine for several years.... Follow his instructions and you will have the juiciest, tastiest turkey ever. Looks beautiful too.
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    I used a dry brine, salt, rosemary, and thyme. I'll tell you what, I think spatchcock bird is the way to go. 14lb bird was pulled off the grill in 2-1/2 hours and I let it rest another 45 minutes before carving. It couldn't have carved any easier with less "scraps" than I would normally have.
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    Thanksgiving is going to be a bit weird this year. Usually, it's a large extended family gathering. But small groups this year. Picking up the turkey today. Que-ing it in the Webber Sunday, then driving an hour for a very small gathering. I guess the drive time will equal the rest time.


    Quote Originally Posted by 2sac View Post
    I used a dry brine, salt, rosemary, and thyme. I'll tell you what, I think spatchcock bird is the way to go. 14lb bird was pulled off the grill in 2-1/2 hours and I let it rest another 45 minutes before carving. It couldn't have carved any easier with less "scraps" than I would normally have.
    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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    Come to think of it, I need to go turn the stove on.

    I never throw bones away without boiling them first. Had some chicken broth in the freezer. And another bag of chicken bones. Started boiling them down yesterday just to make room for the turkey bones. LOL

    My default, unless I have something more exotic in mind, is to toss in some lentils. I concentrate (reduce) the broth to make it very strong in flavor, then toss in a bag of lentils. Freakin' great as a side dish to other meals in the following days. Even weeks, because freezing works so well.

    Here I am boiling bones, just to make room for more bones. Funny azz crap . . .
    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBeerme View Post
    Come to think of it, I need to go turn the stove on.

    I never throw bones away without boiling them first. Had some chicken broth in the freezer. And another bag of chicken bones. Started boiling them down yesterday just to make room for the turkey bones. LOL

    My default, unless I have something more exotic in mind, is to toss in some lentils. I concentrate (reduce) the broth to make it very strong in flavor, then toss in a bag of lentils. Freakin' great as a side dish to other meals in the following days. Even weeks, because freezing works so well.

    Here I am boiling bones, just to make room for more bones. Funny azz crap . . .
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    Will he offer me his throat to the wolf with three red roses?
    I do a triple evac with nitro to remove non condensables.

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