Apple Cider Turkey (brine)

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by dutch, Nov 20, 2007.

  1. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    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)
  2. deer meat

    deer meat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    sounds great Dutch.
  3. ron50

    ron50 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds real good Dutch. Hope that you and yours enjoy it.
  4. pescadero

    pescadero Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member


    Sounds fantastic. What time are we sitting down? [​IMG]

  5. fat sal

    fat sal Fire Starter

    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.

  6. cowgirl

    cowgirl Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That does sound good Dutch! Thanks for sharing![​IMG]
  7. cajun_1

    cajun_1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    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..[​IMG]
  8. 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.[​IMG]
  9. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL, can you knock that down to around 1 gallon of brine please [​IMG]
  10. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Smoking Guru

    [​IMG] Sounds great Dutch!

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

    Happy Thanksgiving!
  11. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    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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