Here's What You'll Need
1 gallon (16 cups) of water
1 cup kosher salt
1 cup brown sugar
1 orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
4-5 sprigs of fresh rosemary
4-5 sprigs of fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
5 cloves of garlic, smashed
In a large pot, combine water, kosher salt, and brown sugar. Stir well until the salt and sugar dissolve. This forms the base of your brine.
Add the sliced orange and lemon to the pot. Squeeze some of the juice into the brine for an extra citrus kick.
Bundle the fresh rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, black peppercorns, and smashed garlic in cheesecloth or a muslin bag, creating a sachet.
Submerge the sachet in the brine. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Once it simmers, remove it from heat and let it cool completely.
Once the brine has cooled, thoroughly rinse the turkey and place it in a brining bag or a large food-grade plastic bag. Pour the cooled brine over the turkey, then pour the 12 oz of Bourbon chicken marinade over the turkey, ensuring it is evenly distributed and making sure it's fully submerged.
Seal the bag and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.
After the brining period, remove the turkey from the brine, rinse it thoroughly under cold water, and pat it dry with paper towels. This step is crucial to ensure the turkey isn't too salty.
Now your turkey is infused with the rich and savory flavors of Bourbon chicken marinade, creating a unique and delicious twist. Roast, smoke, or cook the turkey according to your preferred method, and enjoy the delectable results!
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