Delight your guests this holiday season with a show-stopping Memphis-style BBQ brined turkey, a culinary masterpiece that infuses the rich, smoky flavors of Memphis BBQ into every succulent bite.
This recipe combines the bold essence of a homemade Memphis-style BBQ rub with a simple yet flavorsome brine, ensuring your turkey emerges from the oven with a perfect balance of tenderness and delectable taste.
The marriage of classic BBQ seasonings and a tenderizing brine transforms an ordinary turkey into a centerpiece that embodies the spirit of Memphis BBQ, leaving your guests craving more with each mouthwatering slice.
Easy Turkey Brine using Memphis-Style BBQ Rub:
- 1 whole turkey (12-14 pounds)
- 1/2 cup Pop Smoke Memphis-style BBQ rub
- 1 cup kosher salt
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 gallon of water (or enough to completely submerge the turkey)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 lemon, cut in half
- 1 orange, cut in half
- 4-6 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 onion, quartered
In a large pot or food-grade container, combine the Memphis-style BBQ rub, kosher salt, brown sugar, and water. Stir until the salt and sugar are completely dissolved.
Add the bay leaves, lemon halves, orange halves, crushed garlic cloves, and quartered onion to the brine mixture. These ingredients will infuse the turkey with additional flavors.
Remove the giblets and neck from the turkey cavity. Rinse the turkey under cold water and pat it dry with paper towels.
Submerge the turkey in the brine mixture. Make sure the turkey is fully covered with the brine solution. If needed, you can add more water.
Place the pot or container in the refrigerator and let the turkey brine for at least 12 hours, or up to 24 hours for a larger turkey. Ensure that the turkey remains cold during the brining process.
When you're ready to cook the turkey, remove it from the brine, rinse it thoroughly under cold water to remove excess salt, and pat it dry with paper towels.
Now you're ready to prepare and cook your turkey using your preferred method, whether it's roasting, smoking, or grilling. The Memphis-style BBQ rub in the brine will infuse your turkey with a delicious and savory flavor profile. Enjoy your Memphis-style BBQ turkey!