You guys, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and living through your family and in-laws can be a real challenge. I know you're gonna drink...a lot...but, why not let your turkey have a pass too? Check out this amazingly delicious recipe for Drunk AF Turkey! A little craft beer makes everything better....
The Craft Beer Brine
- 1/2 gallon water
- 2 cup salt, coarse kosher
- 1/2 cup sugar, dark brown
- 1/2 cup locally sourced honey
- 2 teaspoon cloves
- 2 bunch thyme
- 1 bunch rosemary
- 7 bay leaves
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 3 yellow onion, peeled and chopped
- 3 celery stalks, sliced
- 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 3 tangerines or oranges, cut into quarters
- 1 leek, peeled and sliced
- ½ gallon cold water
- 2 six packs your favorite craft ale. I really love Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
- 1 18-22 lb Turkey
- 10 slices of thick-cut bacon
- 2 oranges
- butter, unsalted, room temperature
- salt and pepper to taste
Just Mix and Brine Option
- You will need a container that holds 3-4 gallons of liquid. A bucket or cooler will work.
- Rinse your turkey and remove gizzards.
- Place turkey in container and fill with your prepared brine.
- Place turkey in refrigerator or other cold place for 48 hours.
- Rotate the turkey every few hours to ensure that the brine saturates the entire bird.
It's time to cook your turkey...
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Remove your turkey from the brine and pat with dry paper towels. Continue patting bird with dry paper towels until the turkey is completely dry.
- Place bacon underneath the skin of the turkey, starting a the neck and working your way down.
- Season inside of the cavity with salt and pepper and stuff with oranges, rosemary and thyme.
- Truss the turkey's legs with twine.
- Rub down all of the skin with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Place your turkey in a large roasting pan.
- Let the turkey sit out on the counter for 2 hours, in order to bring it to room temperature.
- Cook your turkey according to it's size by pound. Generally speaking, a 16-20 pound turkey should take 3.5 - 4 hours to cook. The internal temperature of your bird should be 160 degrees F.
- Once the turkey has cooked, let it sit outside of oven for about 45 minutes. This will lock in the juices and bring the internal cooking down slowly.
- Carve and enjoy!