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 .
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.
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.