Question by Techie Mom: Is it okay to rub butter/garlic/herbs under the turkey skin if you are using the 500-375 Alton Brown method?
Every year now, I have been brining my Thanksgiving turkey. I also use Alton Brown’s recipe that cooks at 500 degrees for 30 minutes and then reduces the temp to 350. It always turns out super moist. In the “old” days before I followed Alton Brown’s method, I used to rub an herbed butter mixture under the skin of the turkey. It gave some nice additional flavor and also looked pretty after it was cooked to see the herbs under the skin. I am wondering if it would be okay to rub a butter/herb mixture under the skin even with the 500 degree initial temperature or if the butter and/or the herbs and garlic could burn and ruin the turkey. Burned garlic = BAD!
If anyone has tried this, I would love to hear your results.
Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!
Answer by aknaswonder
Brining a turkey is so good, and to add the herbs between the skin and meat is even better. Your turkey should be fine if it is covered initially before placing in oven.
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