Simple Brined and Roasted Turkey

Simple Brined and Roasted Turkey

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Became a Family Tradition

By Jessi C

I turned to Biltmore for a recipe on how to cook my first ever turkey. Now I'm into my 3rd year and a new family tradition has been born. My husband and I host our two families for a dinner together between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and this juicy,...




The Only Turkey Prep I Use

By Ronald Van Blarcum

I've used this recipe several times and have enjoyed it always. I prefer to deep fry the bird and reduce the salt somewhat but I thank the chef at the Deer Park Inn that suggested I try this. Outstandig.




Perfect Turkey!

By Stephanie Hoogerwerf

We used this amazing recipe for our Thanksgiving turkey this year, and it was absolutely the best turkey we've ever had! So juicy and flavorful!


The Inn's chef says it’s amazing the difference that brining your bird makes! Try his techniques for a moist and succulent turkey.

Serves 10–12

Preparation Time: Brining 8–24 hours; 4½ hours cooking

Brine Ingredients

  • 1 18–20 pound turkey
  • 2 gallons water
  • ½ cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons yellow or brown mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons whole fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 12 cloves fresh garlic
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme

Roasting Ingredients

  • 1 brined turkey
  • 1 stick unsalted butter melted
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Butcher’s twine

Preparation Instructions

Brine Method
You will need a heavy-duty plastic brining bag and an ice chest large enough to hold a 20 lb. turkey. In a four-quart sauce pot, combine 2 quarts of water, vinegar, sugar and next 6 ingredients. Simmer 5 minutes, making sure that salt and sugar have dissolved, and let cool to room temperature. Crush garlic cloves. Fill quarter of ice chest with ice. Place turkey in bag along with cooled salt-water mixture, garlic, thyme, and remaining water. Tie securely and cover with as much ice as cooler will hold, packing around sides and top. Let brine overnight and up to 24 hours.

Roasting Method
You will need butcher’s twine and a roasting rack. Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare a roasting pan and roasting rack. Remove turkey from brine, pat dry with paper towels, and place in a roasting pan, breast side up. Let stand at room temperature 45–60 minutes. Brush all over with butter and season liberally with salt and pepper, including inside the cavity. Tuck wings under turkey and tie legs together with twine.

Cook 2 ½–3 hours, basting every 30 minutes, until internal temperature of 165°F is achieved in thickest part of dark meat. Let rest 30 minutes before carving.

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