HOMEGROWN Life: How to Cook the Best Thanksgiving Turkey You'll Ever Eat


| 12/2/2013 11:27:00 AM


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It's November, and we all know what that means: The holidays will be here any day now! Last year we followed the Thanksgiving turkey recipe below with our own homegrown bird, and we'll do it again this year because it's that good: super moist, flavorful, and sure to please your guests. It takes some preparation, but in the end, it's more than worth the effort!

This recipe will work for a 16- to 25-pound turkey. Make sure the bird is completely thawed the day before you plan to cook it, because brining it requires at least 12 hours. It's even better if you can brine it longer. We're doing ours a full 48 hours.

Turkey Ingredients

For The Brine

1 gallon unsweetened apple juice
6 to 8 thin slices of fresh ginger
2 Tbsp peppercorns
2 Tbsp allspice berries
2 Tbsp whole cloves
2 bay leaves
3/4 cup salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar

Combine the apple juice, ginger, and spices in a large sauce pan. Stir in the salt and sugar. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes then allow to cool completely. We've designated a large water cooler, similar to the one pictured at left, for brining our bird.




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