Great Tastes of Manitoba

Fiesta Brine

| Servings: 4.74 L

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (12 oz/355 mL) Pilsner beer
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) coarse garlic sea salt
  • 2 whole dried ancho peppers (seeds and stems removed)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried whole cloves
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) fresh ground pepper
  • 1 gallon (4 L) cold water
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Kosher salt

Directions

  1. Combine cold water, salt and fiesta brine ingredients into a large non-corrosive pot or special brining nag; add turkey.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably 12-20 hours.
  3. Remove turkey from brine and thoroughly rinse under a slow stream of cool water and rub gently to release the salt.
  4. Pat the skin dry.
  5. Cook turkey as usual.

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