Thanksgiving Recipes – Turkey

Decided to post my Thanksgiving recipes. Here’s the turkey recipe.

In 2007 we used a 16.89lb turkey for 15 people (including 1 kid). This left enough leftovers .

Turkey Brine

2 Cups Dark Brown Sugar
1 Cup PURE Maple Syrup, not Aunt Jamima
¾ Cup Kosher Salt
3 Whole heads of garlic, separate the cloves, but do not peel them, bruised.
6 Bay Leaves
¾ Cups Coarsely chopped unpeeled fresh ginger
1 Tbs. red pepper flakes
1½ Cups soy sauce
4.5 Qt. Water
Handful of fresh thyme sprigs.
Combine all the brine ingredients in a stainless steel pot. Bring to a simmer, remove from heat and let cool completely. Remove neck and giblets and rinse the turkey well and put it in the cold brine. Put it in an inner bucket inside a large cooler (used parents coolers) with 2 bags of liner and ice. Place it in the brine on Monday night for Thursday meal. Seemed to be just enough.

Turkey Prep
Wash off turkey and tuck wings under body.

Cut 1 apple into quarters. Cut 1 onion in half. Microwave both for 2 minutes.
Place apples, onion, sprigs of thyme, rosmary & sage into cavity.

Cook on center of BBQ (breasts facing front) with outer burners on medium-low/low. Placed aluminum shield under each side so wings, legs don’t burn.

Cooking time was approximately 3:45 minutes for 16.8lb turkey. Cooked to 170degrees. Took off burners and let sit under foil tent for 20-25 minutes.


One thought on “Thanksgiving Recipes – Turkey

  1. This brine recipe looks better than Alton Brown’s. I like the syrup idea. I’m actually frying my bird and I don’t think soaking it will be good for all that oil. I do cook breasts alot. I could brine them.

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