This brining method differs a little from simple salt curing or marinating the turkey. It melds the beer mixture into the turkey from the inside out. The natural juices of turkey are nicely replaced by this full-flavored brining mixture making the final product juicier and more tender. Pair this succulent turkey with an American pale ale. Smart Recipes, American Recipes, Turkey Recipes Turkey American

Beer-Brined Turkey

Beer-Brined Turkey Recipe | PT4H20M Serves 10 Ingredients: 2 Cups Kosher Salt 1 Cup Packed Light Brown Sugar 1 Tablespoon Whole Black Peppercorns 4 Fresh Bay Leaves 3 Fresh Thyme Bunches 1 Fresh Sage Bunch 3 Large Yellow Onions 6 Celery Stalks With Leaves 3 Carrots 6 Cloves Garlic 1 Large Lemon 1 Large Orange 1 American Amber Ale 16 Pounds Whole Turkey For the brine: In a large pan, add 1-gallon water, carrot, celery, onion, garlic, orange, lemon, thyme, brown sugar, peppercorns, bay leaves and salt over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and keep aside to cool for about 20 minutes. After cooling, add beer and 6 pounds of ice and stir until the temperature of brine reaches to 40 degrees. For turkey: Remove the neck, gizzards and liver from turkey and reserve in a bowl, Keep aside. Rinse turkey under cold running water completely and with paper towels, pat dry. In a large bucket, place turkey and top with brine. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours, flipping turkey every 12 hours. Remove turkey from brine and with paper towels, dry well from inside out. Arrange turkey over a rack, arranged in a roasting pan, back side down. Stuff the cavity of turkey with the sage bunch. Keep aside at room temperature for about 2 hours before roasting. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Tie the turkey with kitchen twine to hold its shape. Roast for about 3-3 1/2 hours. Remove turkey from oven. With a piece of foil, cover turkey and keep aside at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes before carving. With a sharp knife, cut into desired sized pieces and serve.



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