How to make it

  • First combine all the brine ingredients, except for the ice water, in a big pot and let this come to a boil.
  • Now you want to stir dissolve solids, then remove from the flame.
  • Let this cool to room temperature.
  • Then refrigerate to chill.
  • Now on the day of cooking, you can add the brine and ice water in a clean 5 gallon bucket.
  • Now put yor thawed turkey breast side down in brine.
  • Now add a lid to the turkey.
  • Chill this in the refrigerate approx. for 6 hours.
  • Then you can turn turkey over once, half way in the brining.
  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  • Then you can add the apple, onion, cinnamon stick and 1 cup of water in a microwave safe dish and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  • Now you can take turkey from brine and rinse inside and out with very cold water.
  • Get rid of brine.
  • Next you can put turkey on roasting rack inside wide, low pan and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Then add in steeped aromatics to cavity along with rosemary and sage.
  • Now turn back back wings and coat whole bird liberally with canola (or other neutral) oil.
  • This needs to roast on lowest level of the oven at about 500 degrees for approx. 30 minutes.
  • Then take from oven and cover breast with double layer of aluminum foil,
  • A 14-16 pound turkey should require a approx. 2-2 1/2 hours of roasting.
  • Make sure to let turkey rest, loosely covered for approx. 15 minutes before carving.

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  • markpedal 8 years ago
    Wow. this is exactly like Alton Browns recipe. thanks for NOT giving credit.
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