Brine recipes create a flavorful, moist bird that takes very little extra preparation.
- 2 tbsp kosher salt
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 C cold water
- 2 C cold chicken broth
- 4 lb whole, bone-in turkey breast
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp soften butter
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- Combine brine ingredients and mix until the sugar and salt is dissolved. Place breast in large ziplock bag and pour brine over the top. Seal bag and place in a bowl to hold upright. Let turkey brine for 4-12 hours, but no longer.
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Remove turkey from the brine, rinse, and pat dry with paper towels. Place bird in a 9x13" baking pan and support with 4 foil balls. Place 1 on either side of the breast, 1 under the tip, and 1 nestled just up and the rib cage.
- Separate the skin from the breast and spread softened butter evenly under the skin. Drizzle and rub olive oil over the skin and season with salt and pepper.
- Place in oven and roast for 30 minutes. Lower heat to 325 degrees and continue to roast the turkey until it registers 160-165 degrees on an instant-read meat thermometer about 45 minutes to 1 hour longer.
- Let rest for at least 15 minutes before cutting.
Tips: A brine is basically a very salty marinade for your turkey. The salt solution hydrates the cells of the muscle tissue before cooking and allows the meat to hold onto that moisture during cooking.
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