MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s the main attraction at your Thanksgiving table and likely one of the most highly judged foods you cook all year: the turkey.

If you want only praise this Thanksgiving, the secret is in the brining, according to the chef at one of the most packed restaurants in town. In fact, he calls it his “insurance policy.”

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Firelake Grill chef Jim Kyndberg cooks 300 birds every year come Thanksgiving Day. Their holiday meal at runs $30 per person.

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Watch the video above to see how he puts his brine mix together. It includes ice water, apple cider, cider vinegar and, the most important ingredient, salt. There are also a number of herbs and spices that make for a most tasty bird.

Next week, it’s time to set the table. Brady and Chef Jim will show you how to wow your guests for under $50.

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For the complete brining recipe, click here.