Foghorn’s Brining Blend
1 Jar Foghorn’s Brining Blend
1 Medium Sized Turkey or Large Chicken
1/2 Cup Kosher Salt
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
3 Quarts Water
1 Quart Orange Juice or Cider
Directions: Heat 1 quart of water, add salt and brown sugar. Stir until dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 cup of brining mix. Let mixture steep for about 15 minutes. Add remaining water and fruit juice.
Rinse turkey with fresh water both inside and out. Place turkey into nonreactive container and add brining solution. Bird should be completely covered. If necessary weigh down bird to keep it submerged. Cover container and either refrigerate or place in a cool area for at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours. When time has elapsed, remove bird from brine, and rinse off with fresh water. If deep frying pat bird dry with towels prior to frying. Proceed with either roasting or frying. Discard brining solution. Do not reuse.
Brining solution may be used with just water in which case use a full gallon. You may substitute the fruit juice of your choice. Pomegranate makes a great alternative, grape juice does not. If you have a large bird and 1 gallon is insufficient to cover it, additional solution may be made by increasing liquid in one quart increments by adding one quart of liquid to 2 Tablespoons each of salt and brown sugar.