How to Make a Thanksgiving Southern Bourbon Turkey: Part I

11/26/14

By Esther Stoltzfus

 

Coffee--a must-have

Coffee–a must-have

 

First, put on some good music and turn it up loud. Then pour a cup of coffee in one of your favorite mugs. (This is one I bought my Mama as a memento of being the baby with 4 big sisters and 3 brothers). Then light a nice candle. Now! You’re ready to work.

 

Turkey in the Tub

Turkey in the Tub

 

Get a tall container that will fit in the frig. Take the thawed turkey out of its wrappings. (A 10-12 lb. turkey is just right). Make sure you take out the gizzard and liver package. Shove the turkey in the container.

 

Maple Syrup and Bourbon. Make sure to invite Canadian Mounties and Jimmy Buffett over--maybe it's 5 o'clock in Toronto?

Maple Syrup and Bourbon. Make sure to invite Canadian Mounties and Jimmy Buffett over–maybe it’s 5 o’clock in Toronto?

 

Add bourbon and maple syrup to the turkey. I put in 2 cups of each. No, no.. I didn’t say drink the bourbon. Yes, I know it’s 5:00 somewhere but don’t drink the bourbon.

 

Limes and lemons ring the bells of St. Clement's...or is it oranges and lemons? Oh bother, shouldn't have touched the bourbon...

Limes and lemons ring the bells of St. Clement’s…or is it oranges and lemons? Oh bother, shouldn’t have touched the bourbon…

 

Throw in lemon, lime, and and orange if you like. Slice them them thin. 

 

More spices for the turkey

More spices for the turkey

 

Snip up some fresh sage and thyme, or if you don’t have fresh add 1 teaspoon of each. Add 1-2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. mixed peppercorns (crushed).

 

A Bath of Bourbon--This is Why It's Not the Teetotaling Turkey

A Bath of Bourbon–This is Why It’s Not the Teetotaling Turkey

 

Add water to the top of the turkey. Put it in the frig for 48 hours if you can. To be continued……. 

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