Dean's Delicious Turkey Using A Wet Brine

Dean's Delicious Turkey Using A Wet Brine Recipe

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Connie Ottman


Absolutely delicious! A very good friend of mine has been making his turkeys this way for years. The recipe was handed down by his father. The brine penetrates the turkey, making it moist and delicious!

You do need to brine the thawed turkey overnight, so, plan ahead. The recipe looks like a lot of steps but many of them are really short.

This turkey is well worth the effort. However, I wouldn't try a new recipe for the first time on a holiday:)

Pictures will be taken and posted after Dean makes his turkey for this


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8 with leftovers
12 Hr 25 Min
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2 quarts
1 Tbsp
orange peel spice
1/2 c
orange juice, fresh
2 c
kosher salt
1 c
bay leaves
black peppercorns, whole
1 bag(s)
10# ice
1 tsp
1 tsp
thyme, dried
1 large
in the roaster
1/2 bunch
celery, chopped into large pieces
1 large
orange, quartered
1 large
sweet onion, quartered
1 large
red onion
3 small
apples, quartered
1/2 bag(s)
shredded carrots
1 qt
chicken stock
15# thawed turkey
3 stick
herbed butter
lawry's seasoning

How to Make Dean's Delicious Turkey Using A Wet Brine


  • 1Mix first 9 ingredients together in a large sauce pan.
  • 2Bring mixed ingredients to a boil.
  • 3Turn down heat and let ingredients simmer 10 minutes. Cool.
  • 4In the meantime, place thawed turkey, breast side down, in cooler.
  • 5Cover turkey with 2 quarts water,the cooled down ingredients in the sauce pan. Stir to mix.
  • 6Add the ice along sides of turkey.
  • 7Cover cooler and brine over night.
  • 8Next morning, remove turkey and pat dry. Set aside.
  • 9Place rack into roasting pan. ( If you don't have a rack, you can coil 4 or 5 rounds of aluminum foil and place in roaster.)
  • 10Into roaster pan, add celery, orange, onions, apples, carrots and chicken stock.
  • 11Back to the turkey...separate breast and the drum sticks skin from body carefully. This is done by wiggling your fingers between the body and skin of the bird.
  • 12Smear herbed butter between the body and the skin, going as far down as you can.
  • 13Place remaining butter in the turkey cavity.
  • 14Sprinkle Lawry's salt and paprika all over turkey, front and back and inside cavity.
  • 15Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 16Place turkey, breast side down, onto roasting rack (or aluminum coils) and place into oven.
  • 17Roast turkey for 30 minutes; then, turn down oven to 325 degrees.
  • 18Roast for another hour, basting bird ever 30 minutes.
  • 19After 1/1/2 hours, take turkey out of the oven's hot!
  • 20Carefully turn turkey breast side up and roast for another hour, basting every 30 minutes.
  • 21After an hour, remove roasting pan and loosely cover turkey with aluminum foil, like a tent.
  • 22Return to oven for an additional hour, continue the basting.
  • 23Take turkey out of oven and verify that turkey has reached 172 degrees, inside the thigh, with a roasting thermometer.
  • 24If turkey has not reached the 172 degrees, return to the oven checking temperature every 15 minutes. Be carefully not to overcook the turkey. It will be dried out if you do.
  • 25Take turkey out of the oven, remove from roaster, place on large cutting board. (I use one with grooves along the sides that catch juices.)
  • 26Let Turkey rest for 45 -60 minutes.
  • 27Carve, Serve, Enjoy.

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About Dean's Delicious Turkey Using A Wet Brine

Course/Dish: Turkey
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom

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