• Slow Smoked Maple Bourbon Brined Turkey
 
  • Slow Smoked Maple Bourbon Brined Turkey
 

Slow Smoked Maple Bourbon Brined Turkey

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  • Difficulty3/5
  • Prep time25 mins
  • Cook time3 hrs
  • Serves6 - 8
  • HardwoodMaple

Crisp, toasted brown skin with moist and tender turkey inside - the Thanksgiving meat of your dreams is just a few steps out back on your Traeger. Fire it up and eat those protein-powered leftovers for breakfast.

Ingredients

Turkey, thawed if frozen1 (10-12 lb.)
Hot Water5 qts.
Kosher Salt1 1/2 cups or 3/4 cup table Salt
Bourbon3/4 cup
Pure Maple Syrup1 cup
Brown Sugar1/2 cup
Onion, peeled and quartered through the root end1
Orange Peel3 - 4 strips
Bay Leaves, broken into pieces3 leaves
Black Peppercorns2 Tbsp.
Whole Cloves1 Tbsp.
Ice3 qt.
Butter, melted1 cup
Traeger Pork and Poultry Shakeas needed
Sprigs of Fresh Sage and Thymefor garnish
Orange Wedges, Lady Apples, or Kumquatsfor garnish
Turkey Gravyfor serving
Recommended Hardwood Pellets:

Maple

Preparation

In a large stockpot or container combine the hot water, kosher salt, bourbon, 3/4 cup of the maple syrup, brown sugar, onion, bay leaves, peppercorns, and cloves and stir until well mixed. Add the ice.

Rinse the turkey, inside and out, under cold running water. Remove giblets and discard or save for another use. Some turkeys come with a gravy packet as well; remove it before roasting the bird.

Add the turkey to the brine and refrigerate 8 to 12 hours, or overnight. Weight with a bag of ice to keep the bird submerged.

Drain and pat dry with paper towels; discard the brine. Fold the wingtips behind the back and tie the legs together with butcher's twine.

Combine the melted butter and the remaining 1/4 cup of maple syrup. Brush on the bird and sprinkle lightly with Pork/Poultry Shake or salt and black pepper.

When ready to cook, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 350F and preheat, lid closed, for 10 to 15 minutes.

Roast the turkey for 2-1/2 to 3 hours, or until the internal temperature in the thickest part of the thigh is 165F. (Use an instant-read meat thermometer.)

Brush with the remaining butter/maple syrup mixture the last 30 minutes of cooking. Let the turkey rest for 15 to 20 minutes before carving.

Garnish, if desired, with fresh herbs and/or kumquats.

Note: Do not use a kosher turkey or a self-basting turkey for this recipe as they have already been enhanced with a salt-solution.

  • Difficulty3/5
  • Prep time25 mins
  • Cook time3 hrs
  • Serves6 - 8
  • HardwoodMaple