Can I add a pork rib roast to my turkey brine solution?

Hi all! I've been brining turkeys for years now and have a heritage bird in the fridge right now (in a standard brine based on this recipe: I'm also doing a pork rib roast. I'm thinking about just adding the roast into the brine with the turkey. Anybody see any issues with that? I could just salt the roast a few hours before cooking instead. Thanks!

Will F
  • Posted by: Will F
  • November 21, 2012


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ChefOno November 21, 2012

There's a food safety issue here. One must assume all poultry is contaminated with salmonella bacteria which could easily cross-contaminate the pork which will not, I assume, be cooked to pasteurization. Don't do it.

Ordinarily one does not have to be too concerned with surface contamination of a roast but the brine could pull the bacteria deep into the meat where a sear would not be able to kill it.

Monita November 21, 2012
I'd be concerned about the flavors of the pork and turkey mixing. Would recommend a separate process for the pork
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