And there was much turkey! Well, more like only 12 lbs of turkey but still ... I woke up with low blood sugar this morning around 7 so I went downstairs for a snack. Since I was already up, I decided to drag the brined turkey inside and get it started. I make great decisions like this at 7am with a blood sugar of 60.
So I mixed up the "aromatics" for inside the bird, got the oven prepped and popped the little guy inside. I set a timer for 30 minutes to come downstairs and turn the temp back and headed back to bed. Suddenly in my dream state I couldn't understand who was backing up a work truck in our front yard since it kept beeping over and over. Ah, right, the timer.
Mr. Turkey was done around 11 and he turned out beautiful. I let him rest the designated 15 minutes and then carved him all up. Mom was able to take home the turkey carcass for their dog and I sent her home with about half the meat. But since I was leaving on a business trip this afternoon, we weren't really going to feast on turkey today.
I settled for a turkey sandwich on the run before I headed to the airport and I must say it was delicious. I'm convinced the brining made it more moist, though I think I need to be more vigilant about taking the turkey out a little sooner too and I might try the plastic bag next time to bake him in.
Overall a success!