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Old 11-14-2011, 06:51 PM   #1
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Anyone use Alton Brown's Turkey Recipe?

I've been wanting to try this for a few years now. The only reason I haven't is that I always buy my turkeys frozen and have been worried about the 8% solution it says they are injected with......worried about the turkey ending up too salty but now after looking at the recipe for what seems like the hundredth time....I realize it actually calls for a 14-16 pound frozen young turkey.

Anyway...so two questions:

1. Has anyone used this recipe with a butterball or any other frozen turkey that is has an injected solution?

2. His recipe cooks to 161 internal breast temp in 2-2 1/2 hours. I understand I will be cooking to an internal temperature of 161 but my turkey is 22 pounds....how can I judge how long this will take with his cooking method? Anyone use this method with a larger bird?

Thanks for any information/experience or thoughts.

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Old 11-14-2011, 07:12 PM   #2
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Yes, I have used it several times, and it's a good one. The brine does not make it too salty. Someone else can give you a scientific explanation, but the brine seals in the turkey's own juice.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:19 PM   #3
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Thank you for your quick reply. Did you brine a turkey that had been injected with a solution already then?

I'm having second thoughts now after doing more research. A lot of folks out there saying NOT to brine a turkey that has been injected. It's very confusing.
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Old 11-14-2011, 07:37 PM   #4
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I'm trying Alton's recipe for the first time too! It sure has excellent reviews.

I'm using a fresh turkey, though.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:37 PM   #5
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Look for a FRESH Butterball. They're not injected.

I've made the Good Eats recipe for many years. Always fantastic. Do it, you won't be disappointed.

I always do it with a 12-14 pound turkey so I can't help with cooking times for a larger bird.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:32 PM   #6
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I have used it a couple of times and it is excellent!

I use frozen birds and yes they have been injected, but the turkeys did not become salty at all, just really juicy and flavorful.

I've used store brand turkeys and Honeysuckle White.

I wouldn't bother with Butterball frozen, you won't benefit from their flavoring solution if you brine, go for a fresh or store brand turkey.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:53 PM   #7
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Yep me, too. Love the recipe. Never had a bad outcome. Haven't tried any other method. No reason to fix what isn't broken. Go for it.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:47 AM   #8
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Brining Caution

As much good as brining does, there is one thing you should remember.

After you take the turkey out of the brine, rinse it thoroughly under running water to rinse off excess salt on the surface of the bird. Rinse inside and out.

If you don't, you run the risk of ending up with very salty gravy.
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Old 11-16-2011, 02:20 PM   #9
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@Andy M. I did a dry brine last year and thought I rinsed it, but put my brother in charge of the gravy, which he took great care in.....only for it to end up being pretty much inedible because of the salt content! Lesson learned.

Since I have already purchased a 22 pound frozen Butterball this year, I have decided not to brine it. : ( But my next turkey will be fresh and I will be trying Alton's brine. Too many good reviews not to give it a try!

I will however use his cooking method and just watch the temperature closely. : )

Thanks for all the replies and tips. Much appreciated!
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Old 11-16-2011, 02:51 PM   #10
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I just used the recipe two weeks ago! First year doing the bird on my own, so I made a test turkey. They only change I made was omitting candied ginger, I despise ginger. I also used a bird that was already injected. I failed to consider that when I bought the thing, so by then I was like what the heck, let me give it a shot, it is just a test turkey! The bird was fantastic! Not salty at all, nicely browned, and flavored to the bone. I have a pic on here buried somewhere in the general cooking forms.

Also, I can not recommend enough investing in the digital thermometer that Alton uses. One with a probe that can be used in oven. That takes all the guess work out of when your bird is done, you can't go wrong with it! I bought mine at Target for $15ish . Best of luck!
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