Mean Chef's Maple Brine
- Ready In:
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 3⁄4 cup kosher salt
- 3 heads garlic, cloves separated, not peeled
- 6 bay leaves
- 1 1⁄2 cups fresh ginger, unpeeled, chopped
- 2 teaspoons dried chili pepper flakes
- 1 1⁄2 cups soy sauce
- 5 sprigs fresh thyme
- 3 quarts water
- Combine all ingredients in large stainless steel pot.
- Bring to simmer, remove from heat and cool completely Remove turkey neck and giblets.
- Rinse turkey well.
- Put turkey in cold brine.
- Use a stainless, plastic or other non-reactive container.
- Add water if brine doesn't cover bird.
- Refrigerate 2- 4 days, turning bird twice a day.
- To cook: remove turkey from brine, pat dry, brush with olive oil.
- Either grill or cook in oven.
- It is also advantageous to leave the dry turkey in the refrigerator for at least 4 hour or overnight, uncovered.
- This completely dries out the skin to insure a crisp finish.
- DO NOT stuff turkey.
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This was our first time ever brining. We normally have a stuffed turkey for the holidays, but this year it was just 3 of us so we purchased a whole bone-in turkey breast and made Recipe #267637 on the side. The brine is very easy to do, and we placed it with the turkey breast into a 2.5 gallon ziploc bag and then into a pot to marinade for 2 days, then dried as directed for about 8 hours. While the brine made for a nice, moist turkey, it was too sweet for us, and the left overs were a bit firm and rubbery. Thank you for sharing Mean's recipe, but we feel we will revert to the old fashioned 'stuffed and roasted' bird for the holidays.