Looking for a new way to prepare the turkey you got this season? Brining is a method of marinating that uses salt water to increase the moisture content of the meat you’re cooking. It makes for a succulent, delicious bird that can be smoked, fried or oven roasted depending on your preference. To get started, check out one of our favorite brine recipes courtesy of the folks over at Outdoor Channel.
Gather Your Ingredients
- Roughly 2 gallons of water, or enough to cover the entire turkey.
- 1 cup kosher salt
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
- 1 onion, peeled and halved
- 3 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
Start by bringing the water to a boil in a stock pot and adding all your ingredients. Once it reaches a boil, take the pot off heat and stir until the salt and sugar are completely dissolved. Next, set the brine aside until it reaches room temperature.
After the brine has cooled, place your unfrozen turkey in the pot and soak it in your refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours. Finally, once the turkey is done marinating, rinse it well and pat it dry. At this point, you can smoke the turkey, fry it or roast it. Whichever method you choose, the end result will be juicy and perfectly-seasoned thanks to the brine.
Remember: turkey season runs from April 15 to May 10 this year. Book your hunt today to reserve your spot! The New Mexico draw deadline for big game hunts is also right around the corner on March 21. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call or contact us online!