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Old 11-17-2011, 05:55 AM   #1
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Default 2 FAVORITE Turkey brine and cook recipe

2 turkey ideas here, brothers.

We always do smoked turkeys for the holidays - of course. but I call that one my nibblin' turkey. get out the stone ground mustard, mayo, kosher salt, CBP, maybe some artisan bread - ciabatta, and I'm happy.

I get frozen (enhanced) birds, inject and smoke. I figure they are already brined, so I just inject and put them on hickory for 7-9 hrs and we're done.

But the over-roasted boid - ahhhh -- hot, crunchy skin, yes, I am drooling. :drool: I get fresh birds and brine. Here's my recipe for those - and I will tell you, if you don't like your turkey like this, not only will I tell you you are but then you can send them to me and I'll eat them.

from my farm blog (we sell land and post this for our clients)

Brined Turkey? isn’t that too much work? not at all – let me show you

This will be the best, moistest (is that a word?) bird recipe you ever ate. My Mom use to roast turkeys for 8-12 hours – that will just dry them out, do this and you will be a Convert! To see what we have “cooking” with our houses – click here.

1 young turkey (about 15 pounds)

For the brine:

1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons of chopped or diced Garlic from the jar
1 gallon chicken stock (optional)
1 gallon ice water

For the aromatics:
1 red apple, sliced
1/2 onion, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup water
4 sprigs rosemary
6 leaves sage

Olive oil

Combine some of the water and all brine ingredients, in a stockpot, and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve, then remove from heat, cool to room temperature, and throw in a cooler just big enough to hold the turkey, this brine, water to cover and some ice.

Early on the night before cooking, combine the brine and ice water in the cooler. Place thawed turkey breast side down in brine, cover with water and ice and cover the cooler and let it sit in cool area (like a basement) overnight. If you do this, you will still have ice in the morning, so you are cold enough. Not many refrigerators are big enough to hold the brine and Turkey and pot, whew!

A few minutes before roasting, heat oven to 500 degrees. Combine the apple, onion, cinnamon stick, and cup of water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes.

Remove bird from brine. Discard brine.

Place bird breast side down on bare roaster pan – no rack – and pat dry with paper towels. Add aromatics to cavity along with rosemary and sage. Slide your hand under the skin and loosen without tearing. Put a stick of butter cut in pats under the skin. Tuck back wings and coat whole bird liberally with vegetable or corn oil. (olive oil won’t brown as well).

Roast on lowest level of the oven at 500 degrees F. for 30 minutes. Insert probe thermometer into thickest part of the breast and return to oven, reducing temperature to 350 degrees F. Set thermometer to 161 degrees. Baste every 30 minutes with baster and use the drippings.

A 14 to 16 pound bird should require a total of 2 to 2 1/2 hours of roasting. Let turkey rest, loosely covered for 15 minutes before carving.

This will be the best, moistest (is that a word) bird you ever ate. My Mom use to roast turkeys for 8-12 hours – that will just dry them out, do this and you will be a Convert!
Brad Simmons
Kentucky's Bluegrass Region
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