Brining is one of the best ways to infuse flavor and moisture completely into meats and proteins. We make it easy with our brining kits and products.
Ultimate Turkey Brine Kit with Bag
This Ultimate Turkey Brine Kit contains all the essentials for brining your turkey to perfection. The turkey brining kit includes a brine mix, two rubs, and a 2-gallon brine bag - everything you need to infuse flavor into your turkey and keep it juicy.Shop Ultimate Brine Kits Now
We have your questions covered for the whole brining process.
What is brining?
Brining meats for grilling and smoking is essential as it significantly enhances the flavor. When meat is soaked in a brine solution, it allows the flavors to penetrate deep into the meat, resulting in a more flavorful end product. The salt in the brine helps to break down the proteins in the meat, which helps the flavors to infuse throughout. Additionally, brining can also be an opportunity to add herbs, spices, or other aromatic ingredients to further enhance the taste and complexity of the final dish. Additionally, brining helps to improve the tenderness of meats, making them juicier and more succulent. The salt in the brine solution helps to break down the muscle fibers in the meat, allowing it to tenderize.
Is brining just for turkeys?
Heck no! This is where the fun begins. You can brine just about any form of meat (and vegetable). You can brine chicken, pork, seafood, wings...you name it, you can brine it.
How long does it take to brine?
This really depends on your type of protein and how big it is. For instance, if you are doing a turkey, generally, the brining process will take about 2 days. 24 hours in the brining mixture and another 24 hours back in the fridge, especially for proteins that have a skin layer to them (turkeys, chickens, hens, etc.) You will want to leave it uncovered in the fridge to help dry out the brine. This will help with flavor and seasoning.
For a smaller proteins like a chicken it can be 12 hours in the brine and then 12 hours in the fridge. Shrimp would be about an hour, no need for the air drying in the fridge after.
If in doubt, reach out to us and we can help walk you through it.
Do I need a brining bag to brine with?
We highly recommend using a brining bag for the process. it helps keep the protein concealed with the juices and flavoring tight, and it helps with clean up making the process super simple. This also helps depending on the type of container you are using.
What type of container do I use when brining?
This is really up to you. What ever container allows your protein to be fully submerged in the brine mixture and will fit into your fridge. You can use a brining bag to close up the protein in, but remember to place it in a bowl or something that will catch any leaking just in case. We have seen people use larger coolers to place the brine bag with the protein in, just remember to keep ice in there to keep the protein cold and fresh.
What is Dry Brining?
Dry brining, also known as "dry curing," is a method of seasoning meat (and other foods) with salt and sometimes other seasonings, without the use of water. The primary goal of dry brining is to enhance the flavor and juiciness of the food while also improving its texture and overall quality.
You will want to take your meat make sure it is good and dry. Rub a premade brine all over the meat, cover, and place in the fridge for 4 - 12 hours depending on the type of meat. After the allotted time remove, and pat dry the meat.
Brining vs Injecting?
Probably a big debate on whether brining or injecting is better. They are both great and some people even do both. Brining, especially bigger pieces of meat and proteins, will give more moisture and flavor through out the entire protein, where injecting will give you amazing flavor but sometimes just in pockets.