Tested till perfect Smoked Brined Turkey
Smoked Brined Turkey
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Smoked Brined Turkey

This turkey is full of flavour thanks to the brine and smoke. Cooking on the barbecue not only allows you to smoke the bird but also keeps your oven free for other dishes. For best results, do not use a bird larger than 13 lb (6 kg) on the barbecue. You'll need about 2-1/2 cups applewood chips; be sure to soak them in water for an hour before using.

By Irene Fong and The Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: October 2012

Recipe5 out of 5 based on 31 ratings.
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  • Prep time 50 minutes
  • Total time 16 hours
  • Portion size 12 to 15


  • 10 to 13 lb (4.5 to 6 kg) 10to 13 lb (4.5 to 6 kg)fresh turkey
  • 3 tbsp 3tbspolive oil


  • 1-1/4 cups 1-1/4cupscoarse salt
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cuppacked brown sugar
  • 5 cups 5cupsboiling water
  • 1 1orangeoranges
  • 1 1lemonlemons
  • 6 6cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspwhole allspice
  • 1 tbsp 1tbspblack peppercornblack peppercorns
  • 6 6bay leafbay leaves
  • 11 cups 11cupsIce water


  • chicken broth, (optional)
  • unsalted butter, (optional), melted
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupall-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup 1/3cupdry white wine
  • 1 pinch 1pinchpepper
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Brine: In large pot, dissolve salt and sugar in boiling water. Peel zest from orange and lemon; squeeze out juice. Add orange and lemon juices and zest to pot. Add garlic, allspice, peppercorns and bay leaves. Let cool slightly.

In large stockpot or resealable plastic bag placed inside cooler or large bucket, combine brine mixture with ice water. Let cool completely, about 1 hour. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days.)

Remove neck and giblets from turkey. Add turkey to brine; set neck aside, without brining, for gravy. Discard giblets. Cover and refrigerate for 12 to 15 hours.

Heat 1 burner of 2-burner barbecue or 2 outside burners of 3-burner barbecue to medium. Seal soaked applewood chips in heavy-duty foil; poke several holes in top. Place over lit burner(s) or directly on coals.

Remove turkey from brine and rinse in cold water. Discard brine. Pat turkey dry inside and out. Place on greased rack in roasting pan; add reserved turkey neck to pan. Brush turkey all over with olive oil. Place pan on grill over unlit burner with legs facing centre of grill.

Close lid and cook, basting occasionally and tenting with foil if browning too quickly, until meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of breast registers 170°F (77°C) and juices run clear when meat is pierced, 2-1/2 to 3 hours. Transfer to cutting board and tent with foil; let stand for 30 minutes before carving.

Gravy: Remove neck from pan and set aside. Remove liquid from inside turkey to heatproof liquid measure using turkey baster or using tongs to carefully lift and tip turkey. If necessary, add enough chicken broth to make 3/4 cup.

Drain all but 1/4 cup fat from pan, adding butter if not enough fat; cook over medium heat for 1 minute, scraping up browned bits.

Add flour to pan; cook, stirring, until darkened slightly, about 3 minutes. Add wine and reserved cooking liquid. Stirring constantly, slowly add 2-1/2 cups water and bring to boil. Add neck and pepper; cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, 7 to 10 minutes, adding more water if desired. Strain and serve with turkey.

Additional information :
Change It Up

Brined Oven-Roasted Turkey

Roast turkey in 325°F (160°C) oven, basting occasionally and tenting with foil if browning too quickly, until meat thermometer inserted in thickest part of thigh registers 180°F (82°C) and juices run clear when thigh is pierced, 2-1/2 to 3 hours.

Nutritional Information Per each of 15 servings: about

cal 263 pro 44g total fat 12g sat. fat 3g
carb 3g dietary fibre 0 sugar 1g chol 152mg
sodium 463mg potassium 583mg

% RDI:

calcium 2 iron 9 vit C 2 folate 9
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