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Turkey Beer Brine Recipe

If you’ve ever made a Clark Griswold-style turkey, perhaps it’s time to give brining a try.  A good beer brine will add flavor like a marinade, while sealing in the turkey’s natural juices.  The chemistry behind brining is simple, but we’ll leave the osmosis and denatured protein talk for next time.  All we need to know is that a beer-brined turkey is more flavorful and tender than a non beer-brined turkey.  We’ve found the recipe below works particularly well with Off The Rails ,   Red Trolley Ale, or Fullsuit Belgian Brown . If cooking isn’t in the cards, we’re serving a full Thanksgiving dinner at our Carlsbad Brewery Restaurant.

Turkey Beer Brine:
8 Cups Beer  (1 64oz growler)
8 Cups Water
1 Cup Kosher Salt
¾ Cup Brown Sugar
½ Cup Honey
2 Bay Leaves
3 Cloves Garlic (Smashed)
1  Large Yellow Onion (Sliced)
1 Tbs Black Peppercorns
1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/2 Tsp Clove
2 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
1/2  Stick Cinnamon

Directions: Bring water to a boil and remove from heat. Add salt, sugar, honey, garlic, onion, and spices.  Stir until salt, sugar, and  honey are dissolved and cool to room temperature. This should take around 30 minutes and will allow the spices to lend their flavors to the brine. Once your brine has cooled,  add beer and refrigerate until cold.   Once your brine is cold, submerge your turkey and return to the refrigerator for 12hrs. This will yield 1 gallon of brine;  scale the recipe up or down to accommodate the size of your turkey.  

Tips: Be sure to THOROUGHLY RINSE your turkey in cold water after removing it from the brine to wash away excess salt.  If you’re brining an extra large turkey, a plastic cooler makes a fine brining container.

Turkey Beer Brine

Comments

  1. Laurie says:

    After you brine the turkey can you rottissiere it on the BBQ?

    1. Ryan Ross says:

      Yeah, just be sure to rinse off the excess salt first.

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