Maple Bourbon Brined Roasted Turkey

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Maple Bourbon Brined Roasted Turkey Recipe – How to make a perfectly cooked, moist, delicious roasted turkey for dinner and holiday celebrations.

How to make a perfectly cooked, moist, delicious Maple Bourbon Brined Roasted Turkey. My favorite turkey recipe ever.

Maple Bourbon Brined Roasted Turkey is hands down the best turkey I’ve ever had. Better than deep fried even. It’s so moist and packed full of delicious flavor. And it’s definitely going on my list of favorite Thanksgiving Recipes and Christmas Recipes.

My husband Dan is the guru behind this recipe. He showed me how to make it for the purposes of this recipe (and Thanksgiving, which is right around the corner).

Brining a turkey isn’t difficult at all… Basically, if you have a food grade bucket and a few ingredients, you’re in business. I could see myself doing this to roast chicken too because it’s just so delicious!

The best turkey for both weeknight meals and holiday dinners. Maple Bourbon Brined Roasted Turkey is so moist and delicious.

Tips for how to make Maple Bourbon Brined Roasted Turkey

  • Prepare the turkey by removing the neck, gizzards, etc. Rinse with water.
  • To a food grade 5 gallon bucket, add hot water, onion, garlic, the peel of an orange, brown sugar, real maple syrup, bourbon, peppercorns, whole cloves, melted butter, kosher salt, ground sage, poultry seasoning, bay leaves, and ice. Stir well.
  • Place the turkey down in the mixture.
  • Cover the bucket with a lid and place in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours or longer. If you don’t have enough fridge room, you could pack the bucket with ice.
  • Once it’s brined, remove the turkey from the bucket and rinse with cold water, inside and out.
  • Rub the turkey with a thin coat of real maple syrup.
  • Place in a roasting pan, uncovered, for roasting.
  • Roast at 350° until the internal temperature is at 165° or higher. Base your cooking time on the size of your turkey; for example, we cooked a smaller turkey in about 3 hours. Cooking time will differ per turkey.
  • Once the turkey is done, remove from the oven.
  • Carve the turkey and serve it up with homemade turkey gravy!

How to brine and roast a deliciously moist turkey that’s perfect for family meals and holiday dinners like Thanksgiving. Maple Bourbon Brined Roasted Turkey is so full of flavor!

Leftover turkey makes the most delicious appetizers too, like these Leftover Turkey Stuffing Crescent Rolls. Yum!

Looking for side dish recipes to go with your turkey?

Apple Walnut Bread Stuffing

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Turkey Gravy

Instant Pot Southern Green Beans

Creamy Bacon Corn Casserole

Honey Glazed Carrots with Rosemary

Maybe you’d rather have ham or pork chops for dinner? You’ll love our Pineapple Honey Glazed Ham and our Maple Pork Chops with Apples and Onions.

Tools you may need to brine and roast a turkey

Food Grade Bucket with Gamma Seal Lid – Perfect for brining a turkey.

Real Maple Syrup – You’ll need this for both the brine and a rub. Of course, it’s delicious on pancakes too.
Brine Ingredients – You’ll need PeppercornsWhole Cloves, Ground SagePoultry Seasoning, and Bay Leaves.

Roasting Pan – for roasting the turkey.

Meat Thermometer – This will help you know what the internal temperature of the turkey is. We use ours all the time.

Grill Armor Oven Gloves – We’ve mentioned these in a few of our live videos; I love using these.

Carving Set – to carve the turkey before serving.

Serving Platter – for serving.

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Maple Bourbon Brined Roasted Turkey

Maple Bourbon Brined Roasted Turkey recipe. How to make a perfectly cooked, moist, delicious turkey for dinner and holiday celebrations.

Cuisine Main Dish
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 15 hours
Servings 10 to 12

Ingredients

  • 1 whole turkey
  • 1 1/2 gallons hot water
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 whole peel of an orange
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup and 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 3/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground sage
  • 1/4 cup poultry seasoning rub
  • 4 bay leaves crumbled
  • 3 to 4 pounds of ice

Instructions

  1. Prepare the turkey by removing the neck, gizzards, etc. Rinse with water.
  2. To a food grade 5 gallon bucket, add hot water, onion, garlic, the peel of an orange, brown sugar, real maple syrup, bourbon, peppercorns, whole cloves, melted butter, kosher salt, ground sage, poultry seasoning, bay leaves, and ice. Stir well.
  3. Place the turkey down in the mixture.
  4. Cover the bucket with a lid and place in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours or longer. If you don't have enough fridge room, you could pack the bucket with ice.
  5. Once it's brined, remove the turkey from the bucket and rinse with cold water, inside and out.
  6. Rub the turkey with a thin coat of real maple syrup (the extra 2 tablespoons).
  7. Place the turkey in a roasting pan, uncovered, for roasting.
  8. Roast at 350° until the internal temperature of your turkey is 165° or higher. Base your cooking time on the size of your turkey; for example, we cooked a smaller turkey in about 3 hours. Cooking time will differ per turkey.
  9. Once the turkey is done, remove from the oven.
  10. Carve the turkey and serve it up! 

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from Traeger.

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Maple Bourbon Brined Roasted Turkey recipe. How to make a perfectly cooked, moist, delicious turkey for dinner and holiday celebrations.

How to make the most delicious moist turkey you’ve ever had… Maple Bourbon Brined Roasted Turkey. Hands down my favorite turkey recipe.

7 thoughts on “Maple Bourbon Brined Roasted Turkey”

    • Thank you, Nina! I hope you enjoy it. This is Dan’s go to recipe, and it makes such a moist, delicious turkey. Lots of flavor. And this reminds me… I need to remind him to pick up another bottle of bourbon.:)

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