Bourbon Brined Turkey Breast and Legs with a Bourbon Glaze

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November 24, 2015

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Ingredients

1 gallon cold water

1 cup bourbon

1 cup coarse salt

½ cup sugar

1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

1 turkey breast

2 turkey legs or thighs

salt and pepper

1 apples – Cut into half quarter wedges

1 onions – Cut into half quarter wedges

1 ribs celery, cut into 2-inch pieces

1 carrot, cut into 2-inch pieces

½ cup turkey or chicken stock/broth

4 ounces butter

1 tablespoon fresh sage, minced

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Bourbon Glaze

1 ½ cup good quality bourbon

3 cloves garlic

¾ cup honey

¾ cup dark brown sugar

2 Tablespoons Worchester Sauce

3 Tablespoons Dijon Mustard

2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 ½ teaspoon chili powder

Directions

Combine the first five ingredients in bowl. Stir to dissolve salt and sugar. Add the breast to one large resealable bag with ½ of the Bourbon brine. Repeat with the thighs or legs in a second resealable bag with the brine. Refrigerate for 18 – 24 hours.

Remove turkey from the brine, and dry well with paper towels.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Rub the turkey with salt and pepper, make sure the underside of the breast is seasoned as well. In a roasting pan, place an even layer of the apples and vegetables. Place the turkey breast on the vegetable mix with the meaty side up. Place the legs/thighs on the vegetable mixture. Add the broth stock to the pan. Tent with foil. Place in the preheated oven.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan and add the sage and thyme. Every 20-minutes baste the turkey with the herb butter mixture. Determine the approximate cooking time on the weight of the breast. Allow approximately 15-20-minutes per pound of breast. Remove foil tent approximately 2/3 way through the cooking process. Use an instant-read thermometer to determine when the turkey is done. Insert the thermometer into the thickest portion of the meat, but do not poke into a bone. The temperature should reach a minimum of 165 degrees. The turkey should be golden brown.

Glaze with the Bourbon glaze and return to the oven for 5-10 minutes uncovered. Allow to rest 15-20 minutes before carving. Serve with additional glaze, if desired.

Bourbon Glaze

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk together. Heat over high heat and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and continue to cook for 10-12 minutes, reducing the mixture by one-half. Set aside. The glaze will thicken as it cools.

If you are preparing a whole bird, double the brine recipe and adjust the cooking time for a whole turkey.

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