6 Essential Episodes for Making Grate Turkey! Plus Brine A Recipe

Holidays are full of fun, family and Grate food.  We are on the southern corner at the intersection of Holiday Boulevard and Easy Street.  Halloween is a distant memory, Thanksgiving is upon us and we are looking both ways down Holiday Boulevard at Christmas and the New Year. 

Choosing The Right Bird

There are many types of turkeys available.  Fresh, frozen, free range, antibiotic free, small to super large; choosing a turkey can be a daunting task.  Choose one that is right for you, your lifestyle, and your budget.  Frozen turkeys generally come pre-pumped with moisture.  Be sure to read the label to find the type of turkey you want.  Words like free range or 10% moisture added will be the keys to finding the right bird for your centerpiece.

How big?  That depends on how many you are trying to feed.  Figure about a pound of raw meat per person.  Try to stay away from buying a super large turkey.  It is much easier to buy and cook 2 smaller turkeys than one big one.  With 2 birds to cook you can try 2 different styles.  Your center piece will look extraordinary.  Imagine the visual when you bring a whole turkey to the table surrounded by one that is already carved.  AWESOME!!

Brine, Marinate, Inject or Season?

Brine, marinate, inject or season?  The answer is yes.  All of these processes are great for poultry of any kind, especially turkey.  Try this great injection: equal parts liquid margarine(squeeze bottle), hot sauce and white zinfandel wine.  Substitute white grape juice for the wine for a delicious flavor.  We will post  a GrateTV brine at the end of the blog.  Tasty premade products are available too.  There is a multitude of information available on all of these processes.  Enter the key words into your favorite search engine and choose a method that is right for you, your kitchen, and your refrigerator space.

Check out the following video’s from GrateTV and enjoy your Holiday cook.  We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  Remember the reason for the season!  

Jack & Bill

Watch All 6 Turkey Episodes Below

6.  The Rotisserie Turkey

5.  GrateTV Ostrich Eggs

4. Turkey Legs

3. Beer Can Turkey

2. Smoked Turkey

…and the best darned turkey ever…
1. Smo – Fried


O'Reilly's Brine Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

O'Reilly's Brine Recipe


  • 1 gallon water
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon, thyme; and black pepper


  1. Wash bird inside and out.
  2. Put water in a large non-aluminum container, add salt and sugar and stir to dissolve.
  3. Add soy sauce, tarragon, thyme and pepper.
  4. Submerge bird in brine and weigh it down with a heavy plate so they stay submerged.
  5. Refrigerate overnight.
  6. Remove bird from brine and wash inside and out.
  7. Pat the bird dry.
  8. Season and cook by your favorite method.

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