How to Brine a Perfect Turkey

Many folks have asked me what my secret recipe is to “brine” a perfect turkey.

How to Brine a perfect turkey

How to Brine a perfect turkey

The first step in having a perfectly brined turkey is to make sure the turkey is completely thawed out before you start the brine on.

I recommend taking the turkey out on the Monday morning before Thanksgiving to thaw depending on how big your turkey is.  After the turkey has thawed… I line a cooler with a garbage sack and then fill it full of water (enough water so that the turkey is completely submerged).

I then add my spices (see recipe below) and allow the bird to brine for 24 hours.  After the turkey has brined for 24 hours, I stick the turkey into the oven in a large pot that will catch all the drippings.

Bake at 350 degrees for the amount of hours recommended by the weight of the bird.  Most turkeys have a meat thermometer that will pop out when the turkey is done. I have found that a turkey brined will not be as attractive visually on the thanksgiving table and it’s best to just carve it up.

Damon Tucker’s “Perfect Turkey Brine” Recipe (Ingredients based on an 18 lb turkey)

  • De-thaw turkey
  • Line cooler with garbage bag and fill with water half way
  • Insert thawed turkey and add more water so that the turkey is completely covered
  • Add salt (I typically use 1/8th cup Hawaiian Salt)  I myself like to add 8oz of liquid smoke and a bit of Hawaiian Huli Huli Sauce into the mixture
  • Let soak for 24 hours prior to putting turkey in the oven
  • Cook according to weight and always make sure for the meat thermometer to pop out of the turkey before removing from oven
  • Let stand for 1 hour before carving

Black Friday 2012 Kicks Off on the Mainland – My Rant

Well I’m going to start “ranting” on my site every now and then and tonight’s rant is about crazy Black Friday shoppers.

Shoppers go crazy at a Wal-Mart as Black Friday 2012 Begins

I’ve never once participated in this annual ritual where folks head out to Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Malls and other places that offer Black Friday specials.

To me… it’s just not worth the hassle of standing in line and then fighting the chaos once you get in the store.

It also seems that many of the folks that are participating in this ritual… are purchasing things for themselves and not others!  Why else would you wait so long for a certain price on something and then go crazy on a night just to get it?  You can find gifts for other people without fighting this madness!

Here is a video that was uploaded a few minutes ago from the mainland at a Wal-Mart store:

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Wordless Wednesday – Brine the Bird

Even Geckos Eat Well on Thanksgiving

I was gonna take a picture of this FAT Gecko but right as I clicked the picture, I realized it was in Video Mode.  By the time I switched over to Camera mode it ran off.

So you only get this 2 second clip of this Fat Thanksgiving Gecko that obviously ate like me today.

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