ffws smoked turkey

Chardonnay Brined Smoked Turkey



Prep Time

12 hrs

Cook Time

3 hrs

Total Time

15 hrs

The Foley Food & Wine Society has created the perfect turkey recipe for your traditional Thanksgiving dinner.


  • 1 1/2 cups Diamond Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp. black peppercorns
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 3 cups chardonnay
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1 gallon of ice
  • 1 15-20lb turkey


  1. In a medium sauce pan, bring salt, peppercorns, lemon, sugar, garlic, thyme, chardonnay, and water to boil. Once salt and sugar are dissolved, pour over ice in a large food safe, non reactive container.
  2. Place turkey in brine, and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, up to 12.
  3. Preheat a smoker or grill to 325 degrees F. Remove turkey from brine, and place on grill breast side up. Cook for about 2 hours, or until a thermometer inserted along the breast bone reads 160 degrees F.
  4. Remove turkey from grill, and let rest for 1 hour before slicing and serving.