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Nov 21, 2008 10:35 AM

How do I brine, inject, AND rub a to-be-fried turkey, and do I want to?

I am going to deep-fry a turkey for the first time this Thanksgiving, and have been reading up on the best way to prepare the bird. I have seen many recommendations for brining, injecting, and rubbing, but when I look at instructions for those methods, they don't seem to go hand in hand. Can anyone help clarify how these methods are used together?

Should I inject , then brine, then let the turkey dry, then rub, then fry? And when should I do each of these things (brining recipes suggest 10-12 hours before cook time, while rub/injection recipes suggest 24 hours in advance).

Thanks for any help you can provide!

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  1. I'll be interested to see if there anyone who has brined then fried. I'd be a little hesitant to add moisture (which is what brining does) and then dip the bird into hot oil. I'm afraid you may get more "double bubble, toil (boil) and trouble" than you may be prepared for.

    1. I would not brine, and inject. Cocaonut is right about the added moisture with the addition of brining. Your fried turkey will be plenty moist without the brine. What you should do is apply the rub the night before, and refrigerate. Next day use the injector, maybe an hour or two ahead of time. If you don't do that it really won't affect it much at all, but it is a bit better if it has time to rest in the seasonings.

      A lot of recipes don't even call for doing anything more than putting the rub and injection on/in the turkey at the last minute.

      1. Just say no to frying turkey!!!!!

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        1. re: Greta

          That is not a very helpful response. Maybe you should explain yourself.

          1. re: danhole

            It's part of the "D.A.R.E. to keep families off fried turkey" education... You know; "Deep-fried And Roasted food Education"

        2. We've been deep fryer our turkeys for the past 10 years. One year I did brine the turkey and attempted to deep fry it, based on the amount of bubbling and noise we baked it.

          Since this is a once a year thing, we've make a mix of things that we think makes our bird tasty. We do not measure its all based on personal taste. We usually inject the bird with 1 to 1 1/2 cups of liquid marinade. Some of our favorite injections have been garlic and onion powder, hot sauce, butter, beer worcestershire and orange juice. Sometimes we use the juice sometimes we don't. After we inject, we rub the outside and the cavity with Bad Byrons Butt Rubb or a Cajun seasoning and let it sit for a couple hours so the seasoning sticks to the skin.

          We also do an asian style with soy sauce, pineapple juice, sesame oil, garlic powder. It just depends on how you want your turkey flavored. We also found that garlic and herbs have to be tiny otherwise it clogs the injector.

          1. Doesn't Alton Brown brine and then deep fry his turkey?

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            1. re: toutefrite

              I looked that up and yes, you are right. He brined and deep fried, but did not inject or use a rub. I think you do one or the other, but brining and injecting is a bit of overkill. And why he didn't use a rub at all is beyond me. But then again I do not have a show on FN. ;-)