Prep 0 mins
Cook 1 hr 45 mins
This was a turkey recipe given by a friend who raved about it and it was the only turkey now cooked for their gatherings. It is from Emeril Lagasse. We have adopted it and is a must for Thanksgiving or is great any time of the year. Our son who doesn't like turkey loves this! It's flavor is fabulous
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3⁄4 cup fresh orange juice
- 1 cup kosher salt
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- 2 oranges, halved
- 2 jalapenos, minced with seeds (I add 4-5)
- 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano, preferable Mexican
- 1 (6 1/2 lb) whole turkey breast (or I have used a whole turkey)
- vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- In a large non reactive container (we usually use a white trash bag--heavy duty or doubled sacked), combine lemon juice, orange juice, kosher salt, light brown sugar, yellow onions, oranges, jalapenos, cilantro, garlic, chili powder, ground cumin and oregano with 1 gallon water.
- Stir, squeeze, or shake up to dissolve brine the sugar & salt.
- Put the turkey under cold running water and rinse.
- Add the turkey to the brine, cover and refrigerate, turning occasionally, for at least 12 hours and up to 24 hours.
- Mix ingredients well and store in an airtight container or jar. Yields about 2/3 cup.
- Preheat oven to 375°FF.
- Remove the turkey from the brine and put it breast side up in a large heavy roasting pan and pat dry with paper towels.
- Rub the turkey with vegetable oil.
- Sprinkle all sides with 1- 3 tablespoons of Essence.
- Roast until deep golden brown and an instant thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165°F., about 1 hour and 45 minutes for breast, and a whole turkey takes about 20 minutes per pound.
- Transfer to a platter and let stand for about 15 minutes before carving.