My yearly contribution to the family is smoked Turkey however we also get to host Thanksgiving for the families. I dislike having a ton of people at my house, but we have the short straw.
Anyway, went to Publix a week ago and got a 28lb bird for $0.69 a lb. Not to bad a deal.
So I was ready to bring on some prep tonight, but I ran into a problem. My normal brine method, a 2.5 gal bucket, wasn’t going to cut it.
SO instead I had to use the cooler, and since the turkey was so tired I gave it a chicken pillow.
Brine cooked up. Handful of cloves, cumin, ancho chili powder, minced garlic, salt, black pepper, a gallon of apple juice, and about 1 lb light brown sugar.
Top off the bits with chicken brother, ginger ale, and some ice.
I’ll let you know how it turns out, but here is a preview from last Easter.