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I got this recipe from a coworker who got it from foodnetwork who got it from Alton Brown.


  • Brine
  • 1 gallon vegetable stock - or canned broth
  • 1 T black peppercorns
  • 1/2 T allspice berries
  • 1/2 t candied ginger
  • 1/8 c brown sugar


  • Mix all brine ingredients in stockpot and boil until solids have dissolved. Remove from heat let brine cool to room temperature and then chill overnight in refrigerator.
  • Pour brine ingredients into a 5 gallon bucket and add 1 gallon ice water. Submerge turkey in bucket and allow to soak for 6 -8 hours turning turkey every 1.5 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Remove turkey from brine, rinse throughly in cold water, pat dry with a paper towel. Place turkey in a roasting pan with rack.
  • Aromatics:
  • 1 apple - cored and sliced
  • 1 onion - chopped
  • 6 - 8 sage leaves
  • 2 - 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 - rosemary sprigs
  • Place apple, onion and 1 c water in small saucepan boil until apples soften. Stuff turkey cavity with apples, onions, sage, rosemary and cinnamon sticks.
  • Place turkey in 500 degree oven and roast for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, cover turkey breast with foil, reduce temperature to 350 degrees. Bake 15 pound turkey an additional 2 hours or until temperature probe registers 165 degrees. Remove from oven, let stand 30 minutes, slice and serve.
  • Be careful on the time, the addition of salt to the turkey speeds up the cooking process

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