beer-brined turkey


  • 1 (12-14 lb) turkey

  • 3 (12 oz) bottles dark beer or apple cider

  • 1 1/2 Cup kosher salt

  • 1 Cup dark brown sugar

  • 3 Clove garlic, smashed

  • 1 Tablespoon whole black peppercorns

  • 1 onion, peeled and quartered

  • 4 Sprig fresh rosemary

  • 4 Sprig fresh thyme

  • 4 Sprig fresh parsley

  • 4 Sprig fresh sage

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 2 Stalk celery, sliced into 2 inch pieces

  • 1 apple, cut into wedges

  • 1 As Needed vegetable oil




Thaw the turkey, if frozen, 3 days before you plan to eat the bird. Remove the giblets, if any.


For the brine; In a large 5-gallon bucket, combine the beer, 4 quarts water, salt, and brown sugar and stir with a long-handled wooden spoon until the salt and sugar crystals are dissolved. Add the garlic and peppercorns.


Add the turkey to the brine. Keep it submerged with a heavy pot lid or resealable bags of ice. Refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.


Remove the bird from the brine. Dry the turkey thoroughly, inside and out, with paper towels. Discard the brine.


Put the onion, herbs, bay leaves, celery, and apple in the main cavity and tie the legs together with butcher's twine. Fold the wings behind the bird's back. Oil the outside of the bird.


Put the turkey on a rack in a sturdy roasting pan. If you don't care to save the drippings, you can put the turkey directly on the grill grate.


When ready to cook, set the Z Grill temperature to 350˚F and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.


Put the roasting pan with the turkey on the grill grate and roast for 2-1/2 to 3 hours, or until a temperature probe inserted in the thickest part of the thigh reads 165˚F.


Let the turkey rest for 20 minutes before carving.

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