Maple-Brined, Wood-Smoked Grilled Turkey

Maple-Brined, Wood-Smoked Grilled Turkey
Photo by Karl Petzke

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. dried chile flakes
  • ¾ cup coarse salt
  • Handful fresh thyme sprigs
  • 3 whole heads garlic, cloves separated (but not peeled) and bruised
  • 1-½ cups soy sauce
  • 1-½ cups coarsely chopped unpeeled fresh ginger
  • + 5 more ingredients
    • 6 large bay leaves
    • Olive oil for brushing
    • 3 quarts water
    • 12- to 14-lb. fresh turkey
    • 1 cup maple syrup

Combine all the brine ingredients in an enamel or stainless-steel pot big enough to hold the brine and turkey. Bring to a simmer, remove from the heat, and let cool completely. Remove the neck and giblets, rinse the turkey well, and put it in the cold brine; add water if the brine doesn’t cover t...

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