Roast Turkey & Apple Cider Brine
- 6 Servings
- 24 hrs Prep Time
- 27 hrs Total Time
- 1 Fresh or Frozen Young Turkey (approximately 15 lbs)
- 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
- freshly cracked black pepper
- Kosher salt
- garlic powder
- 2 cups chicken broth
- Apple Cider Brine:
- 3 cups Apple Cider
- juice from 4 oranges
- 2 gallons cold water
- 4 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
- 1 tablespoon crushed sage
- 2 tablespoons minced onions
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup Kosher salt
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons freshly cracked black pepper
|Serving Size||3 ounces cooked turkey|
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories from fat|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total fat 12 g||15 %|
|Saturated fat 6 g||30 %|
|Cholesterol 60 mg||20 %|
|Sodium 380 mg||17 %|
|Total Carbohydrates 0 g|
|Protein 12 g|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. This is a representation of the nutrition label. The actual nutrition label on the product may vary slightly.|
Step 1Apple Cider Brine: In a large stock pot over medium-high heat, add the ingredients listed under the Apple Cider Brine heading. Bring the brine to a boil. Then remove the brine from the hot stove and let it cool to room temperature.
Step 2Place the thawed, unwrapped turkey in a brining bag or in a large container, and pour the cooled Apple Cider Brine over the turkey.
Step 3Seal the bag and refrigerate it for 12 to 24 hours. The larger the turkey, the longer it should remain in the brine.
Step 4After the allotted time, remove the turkey from the brine and rinse inside and out.
Step 5For the Roast Turkey, preheat the oven to 325°F.
Step 6Rub the turkey with softened butter on the outside of the skin all over and under the skin as well.
Step 7Sprinkle the buttered turkey all over with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Step 8Wrap the wing tips and the ends of the turkey legs with foil to prevent them from overcooking.
Step 9Place turkey on a rack inside a roasting pan.
Step 10Pour chicken broth into the bottom of the roasting pan.
Step 11Place a foil tent over the turkey and leave it on for the first hour of cooking.
Step 12Place the turkey in a preheated oven. Cook the turkey for about 15 minutes per pound. For a 12-pound turkey, cook for about 3 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 170°F.
Step 13Remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest for about 30 minutes.