Bama Mom Brines Turkey

by Matt on November 30, 2010

Over the past few days, I have had a few people email me and ask me how we cooked our Thanksgiving turkey. The truth is, you were emailing the wrong person.

My mom is the real turkey mastermind, so I’ve asked her to prepare a little something for you guys.


Hi everyone. It is Bama Mama again. Matt told me that one of his followers would like my turkey recipe, so here it goes.

First, I bought an organic turkey that met all of Matt’s requirements.

I brined the turkey the evening before using Williams Sonoma Apple & Spices turkey brine. I have tried other turkey brine from Williams Sonoma and it is nothing compared to this. They only sell it around Thanksgiving and it sells out fast.

Combine one jar of the brine with one gallon of water and bring it to a boil.

Cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until chilled. In a brining bag, combine the brining solution with 1.5 gallons of ice water. Williams Sonoma’s directions gives you the option of using apple cider, but that just didn’t sound appealing to me.

Add the thawed turkey to the brining bag, seal well and refrigerate over night, turning the turkey once over night. I turn it twice, once right before I go to bed and again when I get up in the morning so that I don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to turn the turkey. When you are ready to cook the turkey, rinse off the brining solution.

Put the turkey in the roasting pan, and cover it with olive oil.

Chop fresh rosemary and sage in a food processor and then generously cover the turkey with the herbs. You can tell from the picture that I mean generously. Before roasting the turkey, I add chicken broth to the bottom of the pan which I use for basting throughout the cooking cycle. My twenty four pound turkey roasted at 325 degrees for four and a half hours and it was delicious!

My family wants to fry a turkey for Christmas.

I am wondering if you should brine a turkey before frying. If anyone knows the answer to this, please let me know.

Look at this amazing turkey that Bama Mom prepared:


How can you not trust someone who cooks a turkey like that?

How do you usually prepare your turkey?

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November 30, 2010 at 4:13 PM

i love that you “First, I bought an organic turkey that met all of Matt’s requirements.” hahah. but a serious question: did you buy it solely because matt asked or were you going to buy this turkey anyway? i only ask because if i asked my mom to buy a specific kind of turkey she’d laugh at me! hahahah. you’re such a nice mom :)


MattNo Gravatar November 30, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Bama mom just loves me ;) LOL.


Bama MamaNo Gravatar November 30, 2010 at 4:27 PM

I bought an organic turkey for a couple of reasons. Yes, Matt asked me to and I knew that it was extremely important to him. It was a small gesture that made him happy. Also, though, I have been reading about the benefits of organic and believe there is truth in what I am reading. I would have bought the turkey anyway, so I guess the long answer is yes to both.


November 30, 2010 at 4:34 PM

I love this post! Your mom sounds so cute:) Amazing recipe and photo. My mom bought a turkey roaster and threw it in there….I can’t go near a raw turkey so I don’t know if I will ever make one ha!
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MattNo Gravatar December 1, 2010 at 9:43 AM

LOL why can’t you go near a raw turkey?


November 30, 2010 at 10:02 PM

What a pretty turkey! I can’t take any credit for mine either, my mom does all of the work! She doesn’t brine it, but I know there is a lot of butter involved. And she also covers it with a cheesecloth that is soaked in butter and homemade turkey stock. And lots and lots of basting!
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MattNo Gravatar December 1, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Butter makes everything good right?


Bama papaNo Gravatar November 30, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Bama Mama is the best turkey cooker in the world.


November 30, 2010 at 11:58 PM

I better pick up some of that limited availability jar of brine! Great looking turkey Bama Mama!
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December 1, 2010 at 6:45 AM

How cute is Bama Mama!! I need to tell MY mom about that brine.
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December 1, 2010 at 9:24 AM

My family’s turkey sucks. all the time. It’s SO dry.

I’ve always just assumed that turkey meat sucks in general.
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