Step One to an awesome turkey happened on Monday night at the MP--J spatchcocked the tukey. If you don't know what that means, Google it and read Martha Stewart's explanation. Apparently, it will make this year's turkey even better than last year.
Step Two to an awesome turkey is what you see here:
Our turkey spent twenty-four hours in the fridge with a dry-brine, then was transferred last night to the wet brine. This brine is a combination of Williams-Sonoma's Apple & Spices Turkey Brine blend, a gallon of homemade turkey stock, a gallon of homemade chicken stock, and a half-gallon of water. Our bird will hang out in this briney heaven until Thursday morning when we commence with Step Three to an awesome turkey (the herbed duck fat part of the process!).