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Brined Turkey

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Brined Turkey

This is a simple method to make a moist, flavorful turkey that you will be proud of. You need to do this the day before you want to roast your turkey. If your outside temperature is below 40 degrees you can store the turkey in a shady spot or in the garage while it brines, if not you will need to clear out a spot in a refrigerator for this

 

1 cleaned and sanitized 5 gallon bucket with lid

(I buy one from Home Depot for this and sanitize it)

10-16lb Turkey (if frozen thaw first)

2 cups Sugar

2 Cups Kosher Salt

4 Cups Boiling Water

3 Gallons Cold Water

1 T Black Pepper

1 T Rosemary

1 T Rubbed Sage

1 T Garlic Powder

Bring the Water to a boil in a large soup pot, add the salt and sugar and stir to dissolve. Add the seasoning and the Cold Water. Let sit for 30 minutes

Put the Turkey in the Cleaned and Sanitized 5 gallon bucket and pour the brine mixture over it until the water covers the turkey (there may be more brine then you need. Discard the extra Brine) Cover the bucket and put it either in the refrigerator or in place where the temperature is below 40 degrees. Let sit in the Brine 18-24 hours

Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees

Take the turkey out of the brine (Discard used brine do not use again) and put on roasting rack in a roasting pan. Allow to dry for 15 minutes. Rub a little oil or butter on the skin (DO NOT SALT). Put 2 cups of water or broth in the bottom of the roasting pan and tent the turkey with foil. Remove tent when you have about 1 hour of roasting time left

For Food Safety Issues DO NOT STUFF TURKEY

Roast for 2 ½-3 hours or about 13 minutes per pound

Remove turkey from Oven and place on Cutting board. Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes before you carve it so the juices can redistribute throughout.

Jamaican Jerk Turkey Thighs

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Jamaican Jerk Turkey Thighs

It is a friend of mine’s Dream that everyone grills a turkey thigh at least once in their lifetime. Grill them with this recipe and you will grill them over and over again!

 

4 Large Turkey Thighs, Bone in, Skin on

 

Jerky Marinade

 

1 onion, chopped

1/2 cup chopped green onions

1/2 teaspoons dried thyme

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 Scotch bonnet, Habanero, or jalapeno Pepper, seeded, chopped fine

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

 

Combine all of the above ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until a smooth puree forms

Pour marinade over Turkey Thighs, in a glass dish or a plastic bag. Refrigerate 6-8 hours

 

Preheat your grill to medium and cook the Turkey Thighs, over indirect heat, for 25-30 minutes per side

 

A thermometer put into the thickest part of the thigh should read 180 degrees

 

Put Turkey Thighs on a platter and allow to rest for 10 minutes before eating