With that in mind, I decided to take on the task this year of preparing the holiday turkey.
I thought there was a decent chance of this ending in utter disaster resulting in bologna sandwiches and stuffing for all.
Undeterred, I went ahead with sage advice (read: recipe) from my TV pal, Alton Brown.
I brined the turkey in a large stock pot in a solution of water, kosher salt, brown sugar, and orange juice concentrate for 8 hours.
With the oven preheated to 500 degrees, I rubbed down the cured bird with Canola oil and let it brown for half an hour.
After removing my poultry from the superheated chamber, I reduced the heat to 350, covered the turkey with foil and then put it back in the oven entirely undisturbed for ~2 hours.
With bated breath I waited 20 minutes for my project to rest.
When I cut into and sampled the turkey it was, in a word, fantastic.
The meat was juicy and flavorful throughout, and fell off the bone. It was easily the best thing I've ever put in my mouth.
I'm never eating another turkey that isn't prepared in this manner. In fact, I may never eat anything else at all.
Everything else pales in comparison.
Thank you for reading my shameless self-promotion.