It's true this is the best turkey ever! The first year I made it there was absolutely NONE left. I was upset that my hubby didn't put ANY to the side for us and said I'd never do all of that work again and not get to enjoy the fruits of my labor. Well my dh PROMISES that we are going to put some to the side during carving time and is begging me to do this turkey again. I must admit it is WELL worth the labor of love. This is the ONLY turkey recipe for me. I do add my hickory bacon and my special glaze 1 hr before it's done. It turns out a beautiful golden brown and the flavor is simply devine!
The drippings make the best gravy!
I've used this recipie 5 times now. It produces a great moist turkey. If you can't find or aford vegtable broth I have used chicken broth and the turkey tastes great.
Hands down best turkey ever! Thanks for the great recipe!
I made two turkeys for Thanksgiving 2009, this recipe and a non-brined bird.... The brined bird was completely DEVOURED! It was wonderful, the only bad thing was, no leftovers.... except for the "non-brined bird!" Well worth the time and effort!
I had high anxietey about making the Thanksgiving turkey this year since it turned out so dry last year. I searched and searched for a new way to make the turkey and decided to go with this brining recipe. Soooo glad that I did. My 28lb turkey came out moist and delicous. This is the way I will make my turkey for now on. Thank you so much! i will never be anxious about cooking a turkey again.
Have done this two years in a row and gotten rave reviews both times. Amazing recipe, although my father did think that the gravy didn't turn out as well due to this brine.
DO NOT COOK YOUR TURKEY ANY OTHER WAY! I made the turkey for the first time this year, with mother and grandmother attending, I had a tough panel of judges. Both were skeptical because it breaks all of the "traditional rules" of cooking a turkey (500 degrees!? No stuffing!? No basting!?) They were both blown away by the results... my mom even called me TWICE in the following 2 days to tell me how it was the best turkey she'd ever had. WORTH EVERY SECOND OF EFFORT!
I followed everything to a "t" and after 30 minutes in the oven at 500 mine came out burned. The whole house smells burn even after the next day. Yes, I turn the oven to 350 after 30 minutes on 500. I was so nervous but I'm glad the burned part was just the skin. The appearance is not so good but the turkey meat is juicy and tasty. I guess nextime I should lower my temperature at 400. Okay got to go clean my oven now. :)