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We decided to brine our turkey last night using a modified brine recipe, the secret ingredient is...  No, it's not love...  You guessed it, it's craft beer!  It's a little too late to brine your turkey, but you may want to file this away and give it a try for Christmas.  We'll let you know how the turkey came out later today... UPDATE! It was great!


  • 2 quarts (local) apple cider
  • 2 cups dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups sea salt
  • 1/4 cup black peppercorns
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 4 quarts beer - We used a brown ale, but we're not telling which...  Have some fun, and try using a local CT Beer!

Combine the apple cider, brown sugar, salt, peppercorns, bay leaves, cinnamon, and cloves in a large pot or bowl. Stir to dissolve the sugar and salt.  Combine the mixture with the beer, and then place the turkey in the brine. we used a brining bag.  Brine the bird over night, and then get up way too early and get it ready for the oven.  Enjoy!



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