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Old 11-26-2013, 06:38 PM   #41
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Not to pat myself on the back too much, but I've been told that I make the best turkey. I'm a bit of a family legend.

About 3-4 days out, you want to start brining your turkey. Take about 1 gallon of water, 1 cup of salt, one cup of brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Cut and squeeze a fresh lemon and put the rest of the lemon in the water. About 1 TBS of liquid smoke, and about 1/4c of Rosemary. Let cool to room temperature. You can add apple juice, too, but dh hates apples, so I don't. Once it's cool, throw your bird in the brine and let it defrost in the fridge in it about 3 or 4 days.

On Thanksgiving, take out 1-2 sticks of butter, and some uncooked bacon, celery, and more rosemary. Mix the softened butter and rosemary together, and then separate the skin of the turkey and spread the butter all over the meat. Put more in the cavity. In the cavity, place your cleaned celery, strips of bacon. Cover the whole thing in fresh cracked pepper, Place the bird breast down, and cover the whole thing in more bacon. Add about an inch of water in the pan, cover with foil, and cook according to the instructions (it's what, 325 until the internal temp not near a bone is 160).

Take it out of the oven and let it rest for 10 mins, then slice.

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Okay, I am trying this, but I just made the brine and there's nowhere enough liquid to cover the turkey. Should I double the brine, or just add water to cover? Also, do you use fresh rosemary? I'm not really a fan of rosemary, does it take on a strong flavor?

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Old 11-26-2013, 08:41 PM   #42
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You can make more brine. I always buy the smallest turkey I can find. Also, it's the proportion of salt/sugar that is really important. And leave out the Rosemary if you don't like it. I've used fresh and dried, depending on how my herb garden is doing. We just moved and I don't have a garden yet, so I used dried from my last garden.
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You can make more brine. I always buy the smallest turkey I can find. Also, it's the proportion of salt/sugar that is really important. And leave out the Rosemary if you don't like it. I've used fresh and dried, depending on how my herb garden is doing. We just moved and I don't have a garden yet, so I used dried from my last garden.
Thank you! I doubled the brine; my turkey is not that big but my bucket is huge. I put fresh rosemary in the brine but I think I will leave it out of the turkey cavity when cooking. Can't wait to eat it!
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Re: Anyone a Thanksgiving turkey expert???

I got pointed to this newspaper article, for a good turkey guide as well as some help with portion estimation for all the traditional sides, thought I'd share.
http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/vie...nksgiving-math
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I'm going to be gone all day today, but if you tried out my turkey, report back and let me know how it went! Remember to take the foil off the last 10 mins so the bacon can get nice and crispy.
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I'm going to be gone all day today, but if you tried out my turkey, report back and let me know how it went! Remember to take the foil off the last 10 mins so the bacon can get nice and crispy.
I did it. Overall, I'm very happy with how it turned out. It's a great, easy recipe and I will use it again. What I'd do differently is rinse the turkey after soaking in the brine. The brine does everything it's going to do while soaking, anyway, and rinsing won't undo it. The turkey was awesome but the broth (therefore the gravy) was salty, which most people loved so it worked out just fine, but I don't like salty foods. I was just sure not to add anymore to the potatoes, etc. Good advice about the low sodium bacon, I can't imagine using the regular stuff.

Another thing that worked against me was my oven. It just stopped working in the middle of cooking it. We ended up putting the whole pan of turkey on the grill and it turned out well, but I was so freaked out by it that I kept constantly checking it and was sure I was ruining it every time I did so. It turned out great, especially considering the oven debacle. It'll be better next time when I'm not constantly poking at it every 30 minutes. I feel lucky it turned out as well as it did.

Thanks for your recipe! It's going in the box!
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