Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 2/3 cup 157ml Salt

  2. 1/2 cup 99g / 3 1/2oz Plus 2 tablespoons sugar

  3. 1/2 cup 118ml Black pepper - cracked

  4. 1 Dried thyme

  5. 13 Cloves

  6. 13 Allspice - cracked

  7. 3 Bay leaves

  8. 13 Juniper berries - crushed

  9. 1 Water

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Combine salt, sugar, pepper, thyme, cloves, allspice, bay leaves and juniper berries in saucepan. Add 1 quart water and bring to boil. Simmer 5 minutes, then add to 1 gallon cold water. Chill thoroughly before using brine.

  2. This recipe, inspired by one of Jeremiah Towers', is enough for a 12- to 14-pound turkey. The spicing is very faint, mostly you taste the salt and a bit of the sugar. It's a bit like a very elegant version of commercial smoked turkey, only without the smoke. Peel also uses this recipe for roast pork and smoked fish. For a pork loin, cut all of the amounts by half; for fish or chops, cut them into quarters.


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