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OK riddle me this - I am now thinking I should dry brine the 20 legs we will be smoking for TDay - that should work fine right? AND - I love HLAs honey addition - honey smoked turkey legs?? I asked this on the recipe as well

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asked over 2 years ago
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Kristen Miglore

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added over 2 years ago

I've never done it, but I think it sounds like a great idea! I don't think there's any reason not to dry brine a turkey. Ever. (Anyone want to disagree?)

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aargersi

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added over 2 years ago

Gonna do a test run this weekend and will report back!

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aargersi

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added over 2 years ago

Gonna do a test run this weekend and will report back!

Uruguay2010_61
added over 2 years ago

Dry rub with salt will work. My family have always been in the dry cure business, so a little suggestion . . . figure to dry rub for at least two days . . . we always used one inch for salt penetration per week. Rinse the legs before smoking and cooking. I would try a trial leg or two before going with 20 legs to make sure the absorption rate of the turkey legs is not more or less than other species

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aargersi

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added over 2 years ago

Reporting in - SUCCESS! We did 3 legs in salt and garham masala, and 3 in salt and honey per Hardlikearmor's suggestion. Both were delicious - but the honey one ruled the day so that is how we are going on TDay. We smoked them for about 4 hours, they were GORGEOUS deep bronzed, and absolutley perfect salt / sweet / smoke flavor.