After debating whether we should fry the turkey, grill the turkey, or just stick the turkey in the oven, we went with the original idea of putting the turkey in a brine and letting it marinate overnight prior to roasting. Apparently you can’t brine a bird and then fry it, so we decided to brine it and just doing the stand-by oven method combined with a really good dry rub that we’ve used in the past.
This was our first time brining the turkey, so we weren’t sure what we were doing.
After research and talking to our friends Linda and Jeff (who first introduced us to a brined turkey last Thanksgiving), as well as suggestions we got from our radio show yesterday, we went out and bought a 5 gallon bucket with a lid from the hardware store.
The brine itself was really easy. We just filled the bucket with 1.5 gallons of water, a cup of salt, and 3/4 cup brown sugar.
Before we even started cooking the turkey, the brine solution already smelled awesome.
After making the brine, we added the bird to the bucket and added a bunch of ice.
Below is a photo of the turkey in the bucket with brine just before we added ice.
After the turkey was done and Jennifer finished prepping a few other things for tonight, we packed into the van and headed to Jeff and Linda’s.
See how Linda is a blur in the photo below? Yeah, that’s really how she is. She’s like the Flash in the kitchen. Amazing hostess extraordinaire.
Here we’re all waiting to dive into the food. My folks are on the left and Jennifer’s mom is the one talking to Jennifer.
Father Roderick enjoying a beer and waiting for the food, as well.
Believe it or not, this picture was actually taken before all of the rest of the spread was added to the table. Food a’plenty!
My first plate. A photo of my second and third plates would have been redundant.
Lots of fun, lots of food, and more in store tomorrow. I’m tellin’ ya, I love Thanksgiving.