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    Mean Chef's Apple Brine

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    Total Time:

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    Cook Time:

    50 mins

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    ~Bekah~'s Note:

    I adopted this recipe from Mean Chef. "Mild brine for turkey, chicken or pork."

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    Ingredients:

    Yield:

    quarts

    Units: US | Metric

    Directions:

    1. 1
      bring apple juice, sugar and salt to a boil over high heat, skim foam, let cool to room temperature.
    2. 2
      Add remaining ingredients.
    3. 3
      Brine turkey for 24 hours.
    4. 4
      Quantity is sufficient for a 14 pound turkey.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 29, 2002

      55

      I've used this same recipe for the past two Thanksgiving dinners... it is easily the BEST turkey I have ever made. The flavor combination is incredible, not too strong, just a hint of sweetness and a lovely aroma from the citrus and ginger. I have skipped the drying-out-overnight process with no discernable difference in skin crispness... just make sure to dry the bird well. One note: The skin gets very brown because of the sugar in the brine... looks like a magazine cover! Just don't let that fool you into thinking the bird is done too early.

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    • on October 13, 2002

      55

      This was fabulous!!! I brined a bone in pork loin roast this weekend and roasted it to 160 degrees (internal temperature). It was the best - no question. Moist and flavorful - no sauce or gravy required. Thanks so much for a terrific recipe.

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    • on December 09, 2002

      55

      There's not much to say. This is my favorite brine, I use it on chicken and turkey and I believe it produces the best turkey you've ever had the pleasure of tasting. Try it. If you are using it for a chicken, just cut the recipe in half. It should be noted that I believe I gave this recipe to Mean, and that it came out of Weber's Art of the Grill cookbook, one of my favorite grilling books.

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    Nutritional Facts for Mean Chef's Apple Brine

    Serving Size: 1 (6130 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 507.1
     
    Calories from Fat 15
    52%
    Total Fat 1.7 g
    2%
    Saturated Fat 0.4 g
    2%
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    0%
    Sodium 18926.6 mg
    788%
    Total Carbohydrate 126.8 g
    42%
    Dietary Fiber 4.4 g
    17%
    Sugars 111.8 g
    447%
    Protein 1.8 g
    3%

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