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Brined Brown Sugar Deep Fried Turkey

Turkey brined in a sweet and tangy mixture of brown sugar, Dijon mustard and cayenne pepper.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Total Time
3+ hours
Calories Per Serving
870

Ingredients

  • 3 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1-½ tablespoons mustard
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 gallons cold water
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 1 head garlic, separated into cloves and crushed
  • 3 gallons peanut oil for frying
  • 1 (10 - 12 pounds) BUTTERBALL® Whole Turkey, thawed if frozen

Directions

  1. Combine brown sugar, mustard, salt and cayenne pepper in large non-metallic container. Gradually whisk in the water, thyme and garlic.
  2. Remove giblets and neck from turkey. Discard or refrigerate for another use. You can use the turkey lifter while in the brine mixture only. (Do not use in the fryer.)
  3. Place turkey in brine mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. Preheat oil to 400°F.
  5. Pat turkey dry with paper towels. Place turkey, breast side up, in basket. Slowly lower basket into hot oil, being cautious of splattering oil.
  6. Maintain oil temperature at about 350°F. Fry turkey for 3½ to 4 minutes per pound. Remove from oil to check doneness. Insert an instant-read thermometer into thickest part of the breast, not touching bone. Temperature should read 170°F. Insert thermometer into thickest part of the thigh, not touching bone. Temperature should be 180°F.
  7. Remove turkey from hot oil and drain on paper towels. Let rest for 15 minutes before carving.
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1-½ tablespoons mustard
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 gallons cold water
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 1 head garlic, separated into cloves and crushed
  • 3 gallons peanut oil for frying
  • 1 (10 - 12 pounds) BUTTERBALL® Whole Turkey, thawed if frozen

Nutritional Facts

People Served
8
Carbs Per Serving
21g
Cholesterol Per Serving
70mg
Dietary Fiber Per Serving
0g
Protein Per Serving
22g
Saturated Fat Per Serving
15g
Sodium Per Serving
900mg
Sugar Per Serving
20g
Total Fat Per Serving
79g
Trans Fat Per Serving
0g