For the ultimate Thanksgiving turkey, consider this easy brine recipe. It infuses the bird with complex flavors of onions, garlic, celery, carrots, citrus and plenty of warm herbs & spices. The splash of ale lends a sweet, smokey goodness to the mix. After the turkey marinates overnight in the brine, roast it to tender perfection. Smart Recipes, American Recipes, Turkey Recipes, Recipes Turkey American Beer-Brined Turkey Beer-Brined Turkey Recipe | RecipeSavants.com PT4H20M Serves 10 Ingredients: 2 Cups Salt 1 Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar 1 Tablespoon Whole Black Peppercorns 4 Fresh Bay Leaves 1 Large Bunch Of Fresh Thyme 3 Large Yellow Onions 6 Celery Stalks With Leaves 3 Carrots 6 Cloves Garlic 2 Large Lemon 2 Large Orange 1.5 Cups American Amber Ale 16 Pounds Whole Turkey 1 Head Of Garlic 0.25 Cup Sage 0.25 Cup Italian Seasoning 0.25 Cup Parsley 3 Teaspoons Salt 1 Cup Unsalted Butter 1 Gallon Water Heat a large stockpot over high heat, add 1-gallon water, carrot, celery, onion, garlic, oranges, lemons, thyme, brown sugar, peppercorns, bay leaves, and salt. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the brine from the heat and allow to cool to room temperature (this might take several hours). Meanwhile, remove the neck, gizzards, and liver from the turkey (save a robust stock). Put the turkey in another large stockpot or bucket, and top with the beer and cooled stock. Add extra water as necessary to fully submerge the turkey. Remove turkey from brine, and thoroughly rinse with clean water, and pat dry with paper towels. Transfer the turkey to a clean roasting pan, and chill in the refrigerator overnight (this drying process will make sure we have a perfect crust). Remove the turkey from the refrigerator at least 1 hour, if not 2 hours before roasting. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. And, loosely wrap the head of garlic in a sheet of alinium foil and drizzle with olive oil, and roast for 1 hour in the preheated oven. In a small bowl combine the Italian Seasoning, minced sage, and parsley with the roasted garlic with the butter. Mix until well incorporated. Tie the turkey with kitchen twine to hold its shape. Generously rub the skin and the flesh of the turkey with 1/2 of the butter, with the other half generously coat the caviety with the butter mixture. Roast for about 3-3 1/2 hours. Remove turkey from oven. With a piece of aluminum foil, cover turkey and keep aside at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes before carving.

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