How Long To Brine a Turkey Breast For?

How long am I supposed to brine a turkey breast for before smoking it and at what temperature?
I've never brined anything and I've read some brining instructions online but none of them mentions anything about the time and how long the brining is supposed to last.
So please help me out with my turkey breast, I want my Thanksgiving meal to be delicious so the brining should be perfect.
Let me know how long the whole thing is supposed to last.

asked by Emery in Foods | 2821 views | 11-23-2011 at 10:34 PM

How long you ask? These are the default times.

Whole Turkey - 1 to 2 days
Turkey Breast - 5 to 8 hours

Brining is like a marinade, as it keeps food moist and tender. Brining or salting is a way of increasing the moisture holding capacity of meat resulting in a moister product when it is cooked.
Brining will make the turkey breast meat retain more water so it won't dry out so easily. It will also make the meat saltier.
The real trick with brining is finding a container that's large enough to submerge the turkey, yet small enough to fit in your refrigerator.
About the temperature, I recommend you do it at 225 to 250 degrees til breast temp reads 160. Use a remote probe thermometer to avoid losing heat and smoke.

answered by Lauren | 11-23-2011 at 10:35 PM

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