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Should I Brine, Rub Or Inject My Turkey Before Deep Frying It?

This is the 12th post in our series titled “Twenty Two Thanksgiving Turkey Tips”.  Each day between now and Thanksgiving we’ll have a new tip for you.  Today’s tip helps you with whether you should brine, rub or inject your turkey:

When it comes time to flavoring your bird, you have 3 different options: brine, rub or inject.  Whichever method you use is up to you, it is really only a personal preference.  Each and every one of these flavoring techniques gives you turkey a unique flavor different from the others.  Brines and injections make you turkey nice and juicy, while a rub is easy and fast for people looking to not spend a lot of time in preparations.  Below we will break down each of the three flavoring methods so you can choose which one is right for your turkey.


A brined bird always turns out nice and juicy.  Brine solutions use a lot of salt and surprisingly this actually makes the turkey more juicy and tender.  The salt actually causes the meat tissues to absorb water and flavorings, leaving you with a delicious, juicy bird.  While the turkey is in the brine the flavor absorbs all through the meat which gives the turkey a distinct and unique flavor.  There are many brines recipes to choose from so you can never really go wrong with the taste.

Pros of Brining

  • Gives you the juiciest bird
  • Adds flavor and makes the turkey very tender
  • Acts like a “buffer” to prevent overcooking


Dry Rub

A dry rub is a nice and easy way to add some flavor to your bird.  Additionally, there are many recipes to choose from that can match your tastes.  Creole seasonings are extremely popular in the South and they add a lot of zest and flavor to your bird.  While some people may not like that kind of rub (it’s a bit salty) there are plenty of other alternatives.  The key to a good rub is starting it the day before.  One of the first steps is to clear out your refrigerator to leave room to stick your turkey in.  When it comes time to apply your rub, simply just start with the breast and thighs and rub the turkey very gently and softly till the whole bird is covered.

Pros of a Dry Rub:

  • Less messy and quicker than brining
  • Less safety risk when deep frying (no oil meets water effect)
  • Adds more flavor



The third and final way to flavor your turkey is through injection.  To do this you will need an injection kit.  While some fryers come with an injection kit, it is most likely you will have to purchase one.  Then you need to decide which kind of marinade you want.  For this, you can either purchase a marinade or make one yourself.  There are plenty of marinades to choose from, but you cannot use many spices in a marinade for turkey injection since they will get clogged in the needle very easily.   For all you procrastinators out there this method is good because a store bought turkey marinade adds a lot of flavor, while this is probably the only flavoring method that can be done right before you cook you turkey.

Pros of Injection:

  • If you buy a premade marinade you can inject with little or no prep work
  • You can inject the day of cooking your bird
  • Adds more flavor



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