I use Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar for several reasons. This is a beer with the perfect flavor profile to brine a turkey, and it is also a beer that is becoming available at more and more locations while still maintaining its Craft Beer status. Making it the perfect beer to recommend for this recipe. If you live in a land where Rogue isn’t available (how sad), look for another malty brown ale that isn’t too hoppy instead.
Why brine with beer? Is it because I named myself The Beeroness and beer related cooking is a must as it is now expected of me? No. Cooking preceded the naming. The reason I cook with beer, good beer, is because the flavors are exceptional and translate really well in cooking process. This beer brine does two things: First, alcohol is a natural meat tenderizer. Second, the skin had a beautiful crisp with faint flavors of the hazelnut and malt that Rogue took so much time crafting.
Follow these steps and you will impress both the men and the women at your next holiday table.
Beer Brined Turkey
How To Truss A Turkey, Alton Brown.
|Weight Total||Roasting Time|
|8-12 pounds||2 to 3.5 hours|
|12-16 pounds||3 to 4 hours|
|16-20 pounds||4 to 5 hours|
|20-25 pounds||5 to 6 hours|
|25-30 pounds||6+ hours|
Chart via WholeFoodsMarket.com