Juiciest Christmas turkey ever!
15 to 16 lb turkey
1 gallon water
2 cups salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup orange juice
1 cup apple cider vinegar
rosemary sprigs, thyme, sage leaves
1 lg onion, sliced
1 lg apple quarted
1 lg orange quartered
2 lg lemons halved
2 sticks softened butter
1In a container large enough to submerge the turkey mix all ingredients, except spices, butter and fruit/onion. Stir well to melt salt and brown sugar. This is the brine. Submerge the turkey in the brine. Chill overnight.( I put my brined turkey in a clean ice chest surrounded by ice.)
2The next day remove the turkey from the brine and pat dry. Place in roasting pan breast side up. Discard the brine. Set oven to 450°. Chop the rosemary,thyme and sage. Mix spices in the softened butter. Rub the butter mixture all over the turkey. Place the apples, onion, lemons, and oranges in the cavity of the bird. Cover loosely with foil and place in preheated 450° oven for 45 minutes. ( this will crisp the skin)
3Lower the temp to 275° and slow roast for 4 hours. Do not open the door it will self baste.
Once done ( leg and thigh will move freely ) let rest lightly covered with foil for 1/2 hour before slicing. Enjoy the "WOWS!"
Nancy R Robeyone - Dec 24, 2012
Sounds wonderful! Saving!!!!