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Apple Cider Turkey (brine)

post #1 of 11
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Here is my contribution to this years Thanksgiving Feast:

Apple Cider Turkey

1 gallon apple cider
1 1/2 gallons warm water
2 1/2 cups kosher salt
2 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
5 cloves
1 tablespoon chili flakes
2 tablespoons dried thyme
1 large turkey, giblets and neck removed

In a 5-gallon bucket or other large non-reactive container, combine the cider, water, salt, sugar and spices. Whisk to mix. Submerge cleaned turkey in bucket, making sure it is completely covered with brine. Cover and place in the refrigerator or a cooler (40 degrees or lower) for 24 hours.

To cook, remove turkey from brine and rinse well. Pat dry with paper towels; season the turkey with salt and pepper and roast as desired.

The turkey will be served up with my Sausage/Apple cornbread dressing.
I'd share that with you all, but I don't really have anything written down as far as the measurements go.

Corn bread
peeled and diced apples (granny smith's)
diced onion
diced celery
chicken stock
poultry seasoning
chopped pecans (optional)
post #2 of 11
sounds great Dutch.
post #3 of 11
Sounds real good Dutch. Hope that you and yours enjoy it.
post #4 of 11

Sounds fantastic. What time are we sitting down? icon_biggrin.gif

post #5 of 11
It does sound great, Dutch. I had used an apple brine (different recipe) with turkey on a smoke a few years ago, and the combination worked incredibly well.

Please post photos of your beaut post T-day.

post #6 of 11
That does sound good Dutch! Thanks for sharing!PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
post #7 of 11
Dutch ... The brine sounds great. But curious about the amount of salt. What is the brine %%% that has already been injected in your bird? If you say your bird is "fresh" ... I'm only 5 hours from your house..icon_mrgreen.gif
post #8 of 11
hey dutch what would be the result on that mines got 5 1/2 solution in the turkey. i would like to try this brin never have brined a turkey before.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
post #9 of 11
LOL, can you knock that down to around 1 gallon of brine please biggrin.gif
post #10 of 11
icon_eek.gif Sounds great Dutch!

You don't say much or speak often but when you do we all listen!

Happy Thanksgiving!
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
It had a 5% solution so I cut the salt down to 1 cup. I wanted to post some pixs but the daughter that "borrowed" my camera "forgot" to bring it with her yesterday. The oven roasted t-bird and the deep fried t-bird both turned out great.
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