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

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.
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Course: Poultry & Chicken Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 12 hours
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 15 hours
Servings: 12
Calories: 225kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff


  • 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


  • 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 (the extra 2 tablespoons).
  • Place the turkey in a roasting pan, uncovered, for roasting.
  • 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.
  • Once the turkey is done, remove from the oven.
  • Carve the turkey and serve it up! 


Recipe adapted from Traeger.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 7105mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g
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