Bridget's Brined Turkey

READY IN: 11hrs
Recipe by Bridget Elaine

This recipe is just the secret for a great turkey. I came up with it after watching Alton Brown brine a turkey.

Top Review by Super-Wife

This was, hands down, the best turkey I've ever eaten. I combined your brining process with recipe #339708 and it turned out to be the juiciest, most flavorful turkey we have ever eaten. No one could believe how good it was- everyone went back for seconds. Oh and I saved the peppercorns and threw them in the cavity before cooking. I only brined mine for 6 hours and combined my brining time with the time it took to thaw. Again, I could not believe how well this turned out!

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Combine water and seasonings in a CLEAN 5 gallon bucket.
  2. Place Turkey in bucket breast side down (if turkey is not totally covered add more water, if it floats weigh it down).
  3. Place in a cool place for a minimum of 6 hour but no longer than 24.
  4. Remove from the brine and pat dry.
  5. Spread butter all over the bird.
  6. Place on a rack in a roasting pan.
  7. Roast 350°F for 5 hours or so.
  8. During the last half hour crank the heat to 450°F.
  9. The turkey is done when the thigh meat reads 180°F on a probe thermometer.
  10. Remove from the oven and cover with foil and let rest for 20 minutes before carving.

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