Place the turkey in a clean cooler and pour the brine base over the top. Add cool water to just cover the bird.
We stowed the cooler on a cold porch overnight, but if you don’t have a cold, secure spot you can just add some ice packs to the water. Brine for at least six hours, but preferably overnight.
To prep the turkey, remove it from the brine (discard the brine at this point) and pat it dry and truss and/or stuff as you like. Anne poured a little broth on the bottom of the roaster before placing in the bird, to keep it from sticking (which worked well). Mash some salt and pepper into some softened butter and rub it all over the bird.
A really good quantity of butter.
While you are working on the buttering of the bird, have a saucepan going with a scant cup of turkey stock (Anne used the neck and giblets for the stock), a good shot of bourbon, and a few more tablespoons of butter.
Cover the turkey with a clean, cotton cloth that you do not plan to use for anything else–don’t use the good napkins for this.
Using a spoon and/or a turkey baster, saturate the cloth with the bourbon/broth/butter mixture.
Roast the bird at 400 degrees for the first 20 minutes, then drop to 350 degrees for another 2-3 hours (depending on the weight of the bird), and finish the last 1-2 hours at 325 degrees. General guidelines are to roast for 12-15 minutes per pound. Baste with additional stock at 30 minute intervals.
When finished, this is an amazingly juicy and tender turkey that has a golden brown skin. The drippings make a wonderful gravy, especially if you make it as Anne does, by adding heavy cream (I am having heart palpitations just thinking about that gravy…or maybe I just need to head to the cardiologist).