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Juicy Two-Stage Thanksgiving Turkey Marinade

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Thanksgiving: Juicy Two-Stage Thanksgiving Turkey Marinade
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INGREDIENTS
salt
orange juice
brown sugar
water
cinnamon stick
turkey, thawed if purchased frozen
 
oranges, sliced
lemons, sliced
chopped onion
chopped green bell pepper
chopped fresh parsley
whole cloves
garlic powder
cinnamon sticks
paprika
olive oil
ground black pepper
DIRECTIONS
  1. On the Tuesday morning before Thanksgiving, whisk together salt, orange juice, brown sugar, a cinnamon stick and water in a large nonreactive container with a cover, such as a large stainless steel stockpot. Stir until salt and sugar dissolve, about 5 minutes. Place the turkey into the brine, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next day, remove turkey from the first marinade, shake off excess, and pat the bird dry. Discard the brine. Clean the stockpot or brining container.
  3. In the clean stockpot, make the marinade by stirring together together sliced oranges, sliced lemons, onion, green bell pepper, parsley, cloves, garlic powder, cinnamon sticks, paprika, olive oil, and pepper. Place the turkey into the stockpot and rub the marinade into the turkey. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  4. On Thanksgiving Day, remove turkey from the marinade and shake off the excess. Discard the remaining marinade. Roast the turkey using your favorite method.
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