Maple-bourbon brined turkey legs

  • Preparation Time5 mins
  • Cooking Time90 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
800ml water
150g salt
185ml maple syrup
185ml bourbon
2 tbsp whole-grain mustard
1 tbsp black peppercorns
2 tsp red chilli flakes
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tbsp granulated garlic
3 cloves
1 bay leaf
4 turkey drumsticks
1) Put all the ingredients - except the turkey drumsticks - in a medium pan over a low heat. Cook, stirring to combine and dissolve the salt. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

2) Add the turkey drumsticks to a large resealable plastic bag, and pour in the cold brine. Seal the bag well, and put into a bowl (in case of leaks). Refrigerate for 24 hours.

3) After 24 hours, remove the turkey from the marinade and discard the brine. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4.

4) Put the turkey drumsticks on a rack over a roasting pan, making sure there is room between each for even cooking. Roast for 90 minutes.

5) Remove the turkey from the oven to a serving platter and serve hot or cold.

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