frozen turkey- can it be brined?
So my frozen turkey is thawing; can I brine it now or is it too late? Will be cooking it on the barbeque grill.
The point of brining the bird, is so that it absorbs into the meat. Brining a frozen bird will get you nowhere. Once thawed, it is fine to brine the bird for 4-6 hours.
check this post for brining frozen turkeys. I've had a lot of success. The key is allowing enough time and cutting the salt a bit as you'll have more time in contact with the brine.
remember water will transfer heat much quicker so you can rapidly thaw (1 to 2 days) a frozen turkey in a brine instead of 3-4 days in the fridge.
A lot of people are worried about experimenting with sacred Thanksgiving turkey. This time of year you can usually pick up a free frozen one if you watch your store specials... Just throw it in your freezer and pull it out in Feb. and experiment away with out the stress of ruining a thanksgiving bird.
lots of luck
Thanks to you all for your advice and tips. I actually had two frozen turkeys, one that I thawed and cooked today (without brining) and one for Thanksgiving day that I thawed and am brining. Will fix that one tomorrow. With two turkeys in two days, I will get to compare the brine vs. non-brined turkeys. And I am using cherry wood chips along with the charcoal for extra flavor for both turkeys. Happy Thanksgiving, fellow hounds!