St. Mary's grilled Apple-Brined Turkey with a late Harvest Fruit Stuffing Recipe

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Producing a juice amber-colored turkey, infused with flavor was possible for the early immigrants in St. Mary's County, Maryland.

You won't regret planning for the long marinating time. This uncommonly tasty turkey and the "Late Harvest" fruit stuffing is worth every minute of it.

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Servings: 12-14


Cost per serving $1.83 view details


  1. The Turkey:
  2. In a large kettle combine the first 7 ingredients. Bring tom a boil and stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. Stir in oranges. Remove from the heat. Add cold water to cool the marinate to room temperature.
  3. Remove giblets from turkey (discard or save for other things) Place a turkey-sized oven roasting bag inside the second roasting bag , add turkey. Carefully pour cooled marinade into bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible , seal bag and turn to coat. Place in a roasting pan or other large container . Refrigerate for 18-24 hours , turning occasionally.
  4. Prepare grill for indirect heat. Drain and discard brine. Rinse turkey under cold water, pat dry. Rub oil over skin. Skewer turkey openings, tie drum sticks together.
  5. Place, breast side up, on a rack in a disposable foil roasting pan. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 1 hour. Tent turkey with foil , grill 2 1/2 hours longer or until a meat thermometer inserted in the thigh reads 180 degrees F. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.
  6. Yield: 12-14 servings
  7. The Late Harvest fruit stuffing:
  8. Melt butter in a skillet and saute the onion and celery until tender but not browned. Add to the bread in a large bowl
  9. Add remaining ingredients , including enough wine to just moisten the stuffing
  10. Yield: enough stuffing for a 12-14 lb turkey


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 670g
Recipe makes 12 servings
Calories 528  
Calories from Fat 164 31%
Total Fat 18.71g 23%
Saturated Fat 10.17g 41%
Trans Fat 0.06g  
Cholesterol 51mg 17%
Sodium 9979mg 416%
Potassium 591mg 17%
Total Carbs 89.02g 24%
Dietary Fiber 4.4g 15%
Sugars 77.8g 52%
Protein 5.18g 8%
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  • John Spottiswood
    We made this Turkey for a friend's Thanksgiving party a few nights ago. I thought the Turkey came out wonderfully. We used a more traditional stuffing, but the beautiful color of the Turkey combined with the infused flavor was just wonderful! And it left a ton of drippings which made for a fantastic gravy.
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