Hands-down the best Turkey for the holidays! Tender, juicy, flavorful results every time!
- 1 5-gallon bucket and lid (like a brand-new paint bucket and lid, washed well)
- A reliable oven-safe meat thermometer
- Flavor injector/meat syringe
- Turkey roasting bags
- Heavy-duty roasting pan
- 1 turkey, no larger than 12-14 pounds
- 1 gallon chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
- 1/2 cup brown or white sugar
- 1 cup kosher salt
- 5–6 cloves smashed garlic
- 1 tablespoon dehydrated onion
- 1 large sprig fresh thyme
- 1 large sprig fresh sage
- 1 large sprig fresh rosemary
- 1 handful fresh parsley
- 8 cups cold water
- 8 cups ice
- 3/4 c. salted butter, divided
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
- 1/2 c. chicken broth
- 2–3 cloves garlic
- 1 apple, chopped in half
- 1–2 small onions, chopped in half
- 4 stalks celery, cut into thirds
- About a week before you begin brining your turkey, place it in the refrigerator to defrost.
- The day before you roast your turkey, combine the chicken broth and the remaining brine ingredients (through the parsley) in a very large stockpot. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
- Remove the packaging from the turkey. Remove the neck and giblets (be sure to check both the body and neck cavities) and reserve for later use if desired. Rinse the turkey in cool water and then place it in the 5-gallon bucket. Add the cold water and the ice cubes, then add the brine mixture. Stir to combine. Cover with the lid and then place in a cold place for up to 24 hours.
- When you’re ready to roast your turkey, preheat the oven according to the directions on the roasting bag packaging (usually 350 F). Soften 1/2 cup butter and mix it with 1 tablespoon fresh sage and set aside. Remove the turkey from the brine, rinse it in cool water, and place in the roasting pan. Use your hands to loosen the skin between over the breast. Spread handfuls of the sage butter between the breast and the skin, rubbing any excess over the outside of the skin.
- In a blender, combine 1/2 c. chicken broth, 2-3 cloves garlic, and 1/4 c. melted butter until completely smooth. Use the flavor injector to inject the mixture all over the turkey.
- Slip any remaining rosemary and thyme sprigs under the skin.
- Stuff the apple, onion, and celery into the cavity of the turkey. Insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the turkey breast and then place the turkey into the roasting bag and roast until the thermometer registers 165 according to the roasting bag directions. When you’ve reached 165, remove the turkey from the oven and cut the bag away from the turkey. Allow it to stand for 15-20 minutes before slicing to allow the juices to redistribute and keep the turkey juice.