So it’s here, Thanksgiving is tomorrow and preparation is in full force. For the last several years I have been testing out various brining recipes. Last year, I came across this one. It either came from one of about three sources. My co-worker Adam, The Pioneer Woman, or Southern Living. I hand wrote the recipe and I didn’t write the source down, so my sincere apologies, as I always like to give the original source. Without further adieu.
Brine for Turkey
2 gallons of water (give or take)
3 cups apple cider ( I probably use more apple cider than water – about 3/4 of a gallon)
2 cups packed brown sugar
3/4 cup salt (I use sea salt)
3 tablespoons tricolor peppercorns
5 whole bay leaves
5 cloves garlic, minced
Peel of 3 large oranges, cut into large strips (I just slice the oranges into whole slices and use the orange pulp and peel)
4 sprigs of rosemary, leaves stripped off
Combine water, cider, brown sugar, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic, orange strips, and rosemary in a large pot. Stir until salt and sugar are fully dissolved. Bring to a boil them turn off and cover. Cool completely. If you are like we are, put your pot on your back porch. It’s cold enough out there to be a second fridge. After the brine is completely cool, put your turkey in. In my case, my pot was not that large, so, take a cooler, put in your bird, then pour over his cold brine bath. Let turkey bath for 16 to 24 hours.
Before cooking, rise and submerge turkey in a pot of cold water and let sit for 15/20 minutes. Last year I am pretty sure that I skipped the let sit part, I am pretty sure that I just washed him off and then seasoned with a little butter and put him in the oven.
Then stuff/cook/do whatever you will with your bird. We will be roasting our lil’ “punkin” as Addison has named her this year. I will try to remember to post some photos of the after on Instagram, so follow along.
I will also be making the Southern Living, Salted Caramel Chocolate Pecan Pie again this year. Depending on how the day goes, I will hopefully get that recipe up here as well!
Travel safely friends and enjoy your time with friends and family!