After much googling I think I am on the road to a successful practice turkey. We may not actually brine the turkey we eat on Thanksgiving (that's my brother's job and he is not convinced brining makes a difference) but I'm hoping to have a delicious Sunday lunch of moist turkey. I went with the Alton Brown recipe combined with some of the pieces of Pioneer Woman's. Basically I couldn't find allspice berries or candied ginger at Target but I did have bay leaves and oranges. We'll see how it goes.
I started the brine at noon and then decided that starting a turkey roasting at 9:30pm was not one of my brighter ideas (well, Rich convinced me of that) so we'll start the roasting first thing in the morning. Since I'm on a plane for Boston at 4pm tomorrow we have limited time for this test, but I'm hoping it turns out well.
I'm going to add a little more water for overnight so he doesn't over do it (Why are turkeys all male? Do we eat female turkeys?) but so far the bucket smells nice.