Everyone is looking for easy ways to make their Thanksgiving turkey, but this recipe is so simple, you can make it any time of year. Ashley Fehr from @thereciperebel created this Garlic Brown Sugar Dry Brine Turkey recipe. The prep time is literally ten minutes – you read that correctly. If you have a big family, this is the perfect dish to make, and if you don’t who doesn’t love leftovers? Save the bones – turkey noodle soup is delicious and perfect for those cold winter nights.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 2.5 hours
-11-12 lb whole turkey (thawed if frozen)
-1/4 cup kosher salt
-1/4 cup + 1 tbsp brown sugar divided
-1 tablespoon + 1 tsp minced garlic (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder) divided
-1/2 teaspoon black pepper
-1/4 cup melted butter
-1 1/2 cups water
- Place turkey in a large baking dish or roasting pan.
- In a medium bowl, combine salt, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon garlic and pepper. Rub all over turkey and under the skin where possible, using a large spoon to loosen the skin if necessary.
- Place uncovered in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours and up to 3 days. It will dry out, but don’t worry — that is normal!
- Remove turkey from the fridge 1 hour before roasting.
- Place turkey in a roasting pan or on a large rimmed sheet pan on a roasting rack. Use cooking twine to tie the legs together.
- Combine melted butter, 1 tbsp brown sugar and 1 tsp minced garlic and brush over turkey.
- Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Pour water into the bottom of the roasting pan and roast turkey at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, until just starting to brown.
- Reduce oven heat to 350 and continue roasting until the turkey reaches an internal temperature of 170 degrees F in the breast, about 2-2.5 hours more.
- Remove turkey from the oven and let rest for 30-60 minutes before slicing.
Recipe courtesy of Think Turkey.