Maple-Brined Turkey

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Maple-Brined Turkey
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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
784
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

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

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.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
23g
36%
Sugar
40g
N/A
Saturated Fat
6g
30%
Cholesterol
290mg
97%
Protein
91g
100%
Carbs
50g
17%
Vitamin A
79µg
9%
Vitamin B12
5µg
82%
Vitamin B6
3mg
100%
Vitamin C
7mg
12%
Vitamin D
1µg
N/A
Vitamin E
0.5mg
2.5%
Vitamin K
0.5µg
0.6%
Calcium
142mg
14%
Fiber
1g
4%
Folate (food)
36µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
36µg
9%
Iron
5mg
27%
Magnesium
145mg
36%
Monounsaturated
7g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
32mg
100%
Phosphorus
817mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
6g
N/A
Potassium
1244mg
36%
Riboflavin (B2)
1mg
68%
Sodium
2225mg
93%
Sugars, added
39g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
16.7%
Trans
0.2g
N/A
Zinc
8mg
54%

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