Honey-Brined Smoked turkey

1 gallon hot water 1 pound kosher salt 2 quarts vegetable broth 1 pound honey 1 (7-pound) bag of ice 1 (15 to 20-pound) turkey, with giblets removed Vegetable oil, for rubbing turkey Combine the hot water and the salt. Stir until the salt dissolves. Stir in the vegetable broth and the honey. Add the […]

Maple Brined Turkey

 8 quarts water 2 cups kosher salt 2 cups pure maple syrup 2 bunches fresh thyme 6 bay leaves 4 large garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 3 tablespoons black peppercorns 1 Turkey Place all the ingredients, except the turkey, in a large pot and bring to a boil, stirring until the salt dissolves. Remove from […]

Buttermilk Brine for Turkey or Chicken

15lb turkey 1c Kosher salt 1 gallon cold buttermilk ½ cup brown sugar 4 cloves garlic crushed 2 tablespoons whole peppercorns, crushed 12 hours before you plan to cook your turkey,  mix all ingredients together  in a container (I’ve used a new 5 gallon bucket for this) and then submerge your turkey.  Make sure you […]