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How to Brine a Turkey

Put your best turkey forward this year.

Every host wants to impress their holiday guests with a great-tasting, juicy turkey as the centerpiece for their holiday meal.  
At Ace we have many ways to help you get your bird cooked (frying, grilling, smoking, roasting), but a few basic techniques can be used no matter how you choose to make it happen.

Injectable marinades are a great, easy way to add flavor to your turkey. Most commonly thought of for fried turkeys, injecting also works well on roasted, smoked, and grilled birds. Injecting gets the flavor deep into the meat of the turkey and you can customize the flavor to suit your individual taste. There are many prepared marinades available or you can make your own using ingredients like Crab Boil. Ace has a variety of injectors and prepared marinades to choose from.

Whether you’re roasting, grilling, or smoking your turkey, brining is a great way to make it juicy and flavorful. Brining basically involves soaking your turkey in a salt solution that infiltrates the turkey and helps it retain moisture during cooking. Many people advise only using fresh turkeys for brining, but we have also brined thawed, frozen turkeys with great results. Also, don’t let a lack of refrigerator space deter you from brining your turkey, a cooler works as well. 

Finally, don’t underestimate the flavor you can add to both the inside and outside of the turkey with a rub. Sprinkle the rub on the inside cavity of the bird as well as under the skin. A little rub on the outside of the skin can also add nice color. Use your favorite combination of herbs and spices or an already prepared rub. Join us for our Free Turkey Brine class on November 8, and learn all the techniques and secret tips from Chef Jason Morse of 5280 Culinary.