I Tried Alton Brown's Famous Thanksgiving Turkey and Brine — Celebrity Recipe Showdown

Of all the dishes on a traditional Thanksgiving table, the turkey is arguably the easiest to mess up, especially if you’re newer to the kitchen. That’s where someone like Alton Brown comes in handy, because he’ll break down and explain every single element of a recipe, thus (ideally!) ensuring that your end result matches his. The perfect recipe to put that to the test? His Thanksgiving turkey.

Touted by the Food Network as Alton Brown’s most popular recipe — and boasting more than 5,000 reviews — this brined and roasted bird originated on Good Eats, meaning no instructional detail is left behind. There’s even a clip from the series where Alton teaches you exactly how to make it. But does Alton’s scientific method result in a tasty bird? I headed to the kitchen to find out.

Recipe: Alton Brown’s Good Eats Roast Turkey