Servings: 12, with leftovers.
To brine the turkey you need space for a 5-gallon pot in your refrigerator. If you have neither the room nor the pot, you can cook the brine in a smaller pan and proceed with one of our alternative brining methods.
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Make Ahead Tips
The brine should be prepared 2 days before the Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey should be brined the day before. The roux may be prepared on Thanksgiving day and left at room temperature; whisk to recombine before using.
Leftover turkey is delicious in Turkey & Sweet Potato Hash.
This recipe was very simple, and all of our guests raved about the turkey. The gravy was the fantastic, though I used veggie broth rather than chicken broth. I will definitely use this recipe again.
There is no better recipe for Thanksgiving turkey than this. The brining is effortless and a must do! My guests all say they never ate such a delicious turkey...even husband who is not a turkey lover can't get enough! Wonderful recipe! It's the only one you'll need!
Be warned: once you make this turkey for Thanksgiving, you will ALWAYS make this turkey for Thanksgiving. Your friends and family will be sure of that! But you'll want to because it is so good.
I have made this brined turkey at least 4 times and it is the best ever, consistently. I'm making it again this year based on friends requests to do it again. As long as you get the timing right, start 3 days ahead, it's easy and wonderful!! Moist, flavorful, fall of the bone wonderful!
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