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Honey Brined Turkey

Honey Brined Turkey

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Incredibly moist and flavorful. Use the juices to make Giblet Cream Gravy

"This is now my go-to turkey recipe. Turned out excellent - the best, most juicy, tender, and delicious turkey ever! "

- danielcerta


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1 12-14 Lb Turkey
8 quarts Water
2 cup Coarse salt
1 cup Honey
2 bunch Fresh thyme
8 cloves Garlic
2 tablespoons Black Pepper; (coarsely cracked)
2 Lemons; (halved)
2 tablespoons olive oil
5 cups Chicken broth (low sodium)

Original recipe makes 10



Line extra-large stockpot with heavy large plastic bag (about 30-gallon capacity). Rinse turkey; place in plastic bag. Stir 8 quarts water, 2 cups coarse salt and 1 cup honey in large pot until salt and honey dissolve. Add 1 bunch fresh thyme, peeled garlic cloves and black pepper. Pour brine over turkey. Gather plastic bag tightly around turkey so that bird is covered with brine; seal plastic bag. Refrigerate pot with turkey in brine at least 12 hours and up to 18 hours.

Position rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 350F. Drain turkey well; discard brine. Pat turkey dry inside and out. Squeeze juice from lemon halves into main cavity. Add lemon rinds and remaining 1 bunch fresh thyme to main cavity. Tuck wings under turkey; tie legs together loosely to hold shape. Place turkey on rack set in large roasting pan. Rub turkey all over with 2 tablespoons olive oil.

Roast turkey 1 hour. Baste turkey with 1 cup chicken broth. Continue to roast until turkey is deep brown and thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 180F, basting with 1 cup chicken broth every 30 minutes and covering loosely with foil if turkey is browning too quickly, about 2 1/2 hours longer. Transfer turkey to platter. Tent turkey loosely with foil and let stand 30 minutes. Pour pan juices into large glass measuring cup. Spoon off fat; reserve juices.


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This is now my go-to turkey recipe. Turned out excellent - the best, most juicy, tender, and delicious turkey ever!
danielcerta 1 year ago
lovinluvi06 1 year ago
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knox 6 years ago
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