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Nov 10, 2012 09:53 AM

Should I brine a Butterball turkey?

I know Butterball is a bad word around here, but I wanted to experiment grilling a turkey and this was all my husband could find at short notice. It's a Butterball Premium young turkey "raised without hormones" but it does say it contains "up to 8 percent solution of water, salt, spices."

I want to see just how easily I can grill a turkey and would just as well not brine it, but people rave so much about brining, I'm wondering if I should try that too.

BTW, I've still got it thawing in cold water and want to grill it tomorrow, so there's not a lot of time. But I should have at least 10-12 hours if it's worth trying. Oh, and I don't have a large bag to do it in, so that might be an issue--trying to find one in the little time I'll have tonight to go looking. Can I do it directly in the crisper drawer without a bag, or is that a bad idea?

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    1. No, it's already brined for your convenience.

      1. I think that the "8% solution" would take the place of brining. I'm not sure the bird could absorb much more water and salt, nor would you want it to.

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        1. re: Jeri L

          Replying to all 3 of you above, the thing is that Butterball has a brine recipe here: They do recommend using a fresh turkey over frozen so that you don't have to thaw, but they don't mention that you wouldn't want to because of the salt already added.

          But honestly, I'd rather try the grilling on its own first rather than adding brining, so maybe it's just as well that I skip it.

        2. No, the 8% solution is more than enough. My husband accidentally bought one like that one year and then brined it. The texture was horrible.

          1. There's no one available to talk to at Butterball on the weekend.