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firemanbob's christmas turkey and doing it my way

★★★★★ 1
a recipe by
Bob Cooney
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Okay Okay.... Here it is.... All the Turkey and Fixin's to go with..... I always had folks askin for this.... DON"T LET 8 HOURS PREP TIME SCARE YOU.... It's mostly for soaking in the brine...

★★★★★ 1
serves 12
prep time 8 Hr
cook time 6 Hr
method Convection Oven

Ingredients For firemanbob's christmas turkey and doing it my way

  • 4 qt
    water - that's a gallon
  • 3/4 c
    non-iodized table salt - or - 1 1/8 cup kosher salt
  • 3/4 c
    brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp
    onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp
    garlic powder
  • add herbs to suit your taste
  • 1 Tbsp
    oregano, dried or fresh
  • 1 Tbsp
    thyme, dried or fresh
  • 1 lg
    lemon - cut in half
  • 1
    large clean bucket - used to put the turkey and brine in
  • 20 to 25 lb
    oh yeah !!!! and the turkey
  • 12 c
    cubed bread - dried - your choice wheat or white.
  • 2 lb
    jimmy dean sage sausage
  • 2 lg
    yellow onions - small dice
  • 4 stalk
    celery - small dice
  • 1 Tbsp
    sage, dried or fresh
  • 1 Tbsp
    thyme, dried or fresh
  • 1 tsp
  • hot water - enough to moisten this bread mixture to you liking.
  • using the heart and liver or gizzard - dice fine

How To Make firemanbob's christmas turkey and doing it my way

  • 1
    Okay..... Here we go........ Rinse off the Turkey with water Using the Bucket, place all the ingredients ( the first 10 ) in the water and stir till combined. Place Turkey in the Brineing Solution and cover tightly. Keep bucket cool and away from ( traffic - those " have to see what's in the bucket people " ) Let sit for 6 to 7 hours.
  • 2
    Mean while as you are patiently waiting for the Turkey, You can start on the ' Stuffing " Take the Sausage and place in LARGE STOCK POT and partially cook / simmer till half cooked. Add remaining ingredients from the " cubed bread " down on the list. Don't forget the Liver / Gizzard and Heart... ( Okay these are optional )
  • 3
    When the " Brineing Time " is up... Take the Turkey out of the Brine and using the " stuffing " you can " STUFF the BIRD " and place in Large Roasting pan. OR!!! You can cook the " stuffing separately Place Turkey in Oven set at 285 degrees and cook for 5 to 6 hours. Low and Slow does it... Let Turkey rest after cooking for 10 minutes Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to All of my Friends

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