Maple-Brined Turkey

Maple-Brined Turkey
Staff Writer

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

Cookbook author Anna Maria de Freitas brings a little of her San Juan heritage to her brined and smoked turkey with dried chile flakes and a hint of sweetness. She recommends a Japanese Kamado smoker for this recipe, but even just roasted, the maple syrup brine does the bird justice.

12
Servings
279
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2  Cups  brown sugar
  • 1  Cup  maple syrup
  • 3/4  Cups  coarse salt
  • heads garlic, cloves separated, unpeeled, and smashed
  • large bay leaves
  • 1 1/2  Cup  coarsely chopped, unpeeled ginger
  • 2  Teaspoons  dried chile flakes
  • 1 1/2  Cup  soy sauce
  • quarts water
  • bunch thyme
  • One  15-pound turkey

Directions

This brine should be made in advance, as it needs to be cool before adding the turkey.

Mix all of the ingredients in large pot that will eventually fit the turkey. Simmer for 1 hour. Cool completely and then add turkey. Add additional water to completely cover bird. Place in the refrigerator and brine for 48-72 hours prior to cooking. Turn turkey twice a day.

If you're smoking your turkey, soak mesquite chips for 30 minutes and then wrap in aluminum foil. Poke holes in the foil. When coals are hot, place chips in aluminum over coals. Each smoker is a bit different so follow manufacturers directions for cooking.

Smoke the turkey until internal temperature reaches 155 degrees, about 5 hours at 200 degrees, and outside skin is deep mahogany brown. Set on counter for 30 minutes before slicing.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
12g
17%
Sugar
10g
11%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
23mg
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
36g
28%
Protein
12g
26%
Vitamin A, RAE
2µg
0%
Vitamin B-12
1µg
42%
Calcium, Ca
30mg
3%
Choline, total
5mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
5g
20%
Folate, total
23µg
6%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
33mg
10%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
128mg
18%
Selenium, Se
8µg
15%
Sodium, Na
1738mg
100%
Water
48g
2%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

Maple Shopping Tip

Be sure to purchase the correct flour a recipe calls for – flours differ in gluten or protein content, making each suited for specific tasks.

Maple Cooking Tip

Insert a toothpick into the center of cakes, bar cookies, and quick breads to test for doneness – it should come out clean or only have a few crumbs clinging to it.