How does a self-basting turkey work?

How does a self-basting turkey work?

A self-basting turkey has been injected with salt and other flavorings to promote moistness when cooking. Self-basting turkeys are typically labeled as containing a solution of water, sodium and other ingredients. Do not open the oven too frequently to take the turkey’s temperature.

What does self-basting turkey means?

adjective. (of a turkey) prepared with oil or butter to remain moist when cooked in an oven.

Are all turkeys self-basting?

In fact the majority of them are. If you buy the cheapest frozen turkey your grocery store offers is it going to be a self basted turkey. It’s the way of the world. If you want to find one that isn’t self basted, here are some options that I have found for you.

How do you season a self-basting turkey?


  1. Buy a 12-14 pound Butterball self-basting turkey.
  2. Brine for 8-12 hours or overnight.
  3. Apply your favorite rub inside and out.
  4. Smoke at 325-350°F until 160-165°F in the breast, 170-175°F in the thigh, approximately 2-1/2 to 3 hours.
  5. Let rest for 20 minutes before carving.

Can I brine a self-basting turkey?

Note that 1 percent sodium by weight translates to about 1.9 teaspoons table salt in every pound of turkey. The short answer to your question? Don’t brine a self-basting turkey; it will be unpalatably salty.

Is Butterball a self-basting turkey?

A: Both our Butterball fresh and frozen turkeys are pre- basted. Both fresh and frozen Butterball turkeys are pre-basted to make them extra tender and juicy!

Is it OK to brine a Butterball turkey?

“If you want to you can, but you don’t have to,” says Miller. “Most turkeys are already brined. Butterball turkeys have a solution in them that really helps to keep them moist and juicy and tender. If you’re going to brine it, we do suggest that you cut down on the salt.”