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We’re proud to say that our whole turkeys are humanely raised and fed an all-vegetable diet. And you can rest assured knowing they’re never given antibiotics ever.

Whether you’re roasting for Thanksgiving dinner or smoking on the grill, remember to give them a good brine for maximum juiciness.

Feeling festive? Check out one of our favorite holiday recipes below.

ButcherBox Kitchen’s Thanksgiving Turkey Brine

Thanksgiving Turkey With Apple Cider Brine

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Protein: Poultry
Cut: Whole Turkey
Prep Time: 1 day 1 hour
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 1 day 5 hours
Servings: 10 people

Ingredients

  • 1 pgk ButcherBox Turkey

Apple Cider Brine

  • c kosher salt
  • c apple cider
  • c maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1 Tbsp bay leaves
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 bu thyme
  • 1 bu rosemary
  • 1 bu sage
  • gal cold water
  • 4 qts ice

Turkey

  • ½ bu thyme
  • ½ bu rosemary
  • ½ bu sage
  • 1 ea orange cut into quarters
  • 1 small onion cut into quarters

Roasting Pan

  • ½ bu thyme
  • ½ bu rosemary
  • ½ bu sage
  • 1 ea orange cut into quarters
  • 1 small onion cut into quarters
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 ea turkey neck
  • ½ c melted butter
  • ¼ c olive oil

Instructions

Apple Cider Brine

  • Mix all ingredients for brine in a medium-sized pot except the ice and water. Bring to low simmer.
  • Simmer for 1 min and turn off heat. Add ice and stir. Liquid should be cool to the touch.
  • Place turkey in large receptacle and pour brine over turkey. Add remaining water to ensure turkey is fully submerged.
  • Brine for 12 - 18 hrs, or about 1 hr per lb of turkey.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F.
  • Remove turkey from brine. Discard brine and pat dry turkey with paper towel.
  • Sprinkle cavity with kosher salt and place ½ of the onion, ½ of the orange, and half of the herbs inside.
  • Truss legs together to close cavity. Use additional twine to keep the wings close to the body and the cavity closed.
  • Line roasting pan with turkey neck, remaining onion, orange and herbs, then pour in chicken stock.
  • Place turkey on roasting pan insert breast side up and place in oven.
  • Roast for 20 min, or until skin begins to turn golden brown. Lower heat to 325°F. Cover turkey loosely with aluminum foil, shiny side down.
  • Continue to roast turkey until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of the thigh reaches 165°F.
  • Let rest for at least 30 min or up to 2 hrs before carving and serving.
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Read More About Our Turkeys

  • Jaindl Farms has been growing its own independent breed focused on consumer-friendly broad-breasted turkeys since the mid-1950s.
  • Even in the early days of the business, they have always been very sensitive to the treatment and quality of their birds and the cleanliness of the operation.

 

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