Holiday Turkey Brine Recipe

2014-12-01
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 We used this AMAZING brine this year for one of our turkeys…Oh my!…I will never not brine my turkey again before I bake it!

I’m not a fan of dark meat and I could have eaten quite my fill of it as the brine enhanced the flavor of the meat perfectly!

I hope you try it for your next holiday bird and let me know what you think!

Holiday Turkey Brine

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Apple Cider
  • 2 gallons Cold Water
  • 2 TBSP dried Rosemary
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1cup Kosher Salt
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Peppercorns
  • 5 whole Bay Leaves
  • Peel Of Three Large Oranges
  • To Roast:
  • 1 stick butter room temperature
  • 1 TBSP Morton's Natures Seasoning
  • 1 TBSP celery salt
  • 2 sticks of celery and the 3 peeled oranges

Method

Step 1

Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Stir until salt and sugar dissolve. Bring to a boil, then turn off heat and cover.

Step 2

Allow to cool completely, then pour into a large brining bag. Place uncooked turkey in brine solution, then refrigerate for 16 to 24 hours.

Step 3

When ready to roast turkey, remove from brine. Submerge turkey in a pot or sink of fresh, cold water. Allow to sit in clean water for 15 minutes to remove excess salt from the outside.

Step 4

Discard brine. Remove turkey from clean water, pat dry.

Step 5

Put turkey in your roasting pan.

Step 6

I stuffed the cavity with the 3 peeled oranges and the 2 sticks of celery.

Step 7

Mix the softened butter with the seasonings and rub all over the turkey. When done, feel free to add more seasoning all over.

Step 8

Our turkey was 14 pounds and we cooked it at 350 degrees in our roaster for 3 hours.

The ingredients…

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To your large stockpot, add the water, orange peel, cider…
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Salt…
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Brown sugar…
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Add the rosemary, peppercorns and bay leaves…
Bring to a boil, turn off the heat and cover…
Let the brine cool completely…
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Place the turkey in the brining bag and pour the cooled brine over the turkey…
Place in the refrigerator for 16-24 hours…
When time is up, drain and place in a large pot of clean water for 15 minutes…
again drain and rinse well…
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Mix the softened butter and spices…
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Rub all over the turkey…
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Place the oranges and celery inside the cavity…
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Sprinkle some additional seasoning on…
There can never be enough!!
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Look at that gorgeous bird!!
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And look at how beautiful after roasting!
So tender, juicy and tasty!
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 Ooohhh…
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Ahhhh…
Enjoy!
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