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My Favorite Turkey Brine

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I brine my Thanksgiving turkey every year. This is my favorite combo of flavors!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Apple Juice Or Apple Cider
  • 2 gallons Cold Water
  • 4 Tablespoons Fresh Rosemary Leaves
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1-½ cup Kosher Salt
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Peppercorns
  • 5 whole Bay Leaves
  • Peel Of Three Large Oranges

Preparation

Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Stir until salt and sugar dissolve. Bring to a boil, then turn off heat and cover.

Allow to cool completely, then pour into a large brining bag or pot. Place uncooked turkey in brine solution, then refrigerate for 16 to 24 hours.

When ready to roast turkey, remove turkey from brine. Submerge turkey in a pot or sink of fresh, cold water. Allow to sit in clean water for 15 minutes to remove excess salt from the outside.

Discard brine. Remove turkey from clean water, pat dry, and cook according to your normal roasting method.

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Brandi on 11.23.2014

Has anyone ever used a roaster oven instead of just oven?

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familygal on 11.20.2012

What size turkey would you use for this recipe? I think mine is around 11 lbs.

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Anne on 11.28.2011

I have to agree! The BEST brine ever and even the leftovers are smiling with the flavoring. Thank you so much for sharing.

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nikkicheairs on 5.11.2011

I made this recipe for Thanksgiving 2010 myself and my family loved it! Very very good! Thanks PW your awesome!

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bethb on 10.26.2010

Can you brine a turkey breast? Would you half this recipe?

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K-Dub on 11.24.2017

What a fantastic brine! Our 24lb turkey was so flavorful and moist. Everyone was raving about it. I think I’ll be using this recipe for years to come. Thanks PW!

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CodieD on 5.6.2013

My husband made a 20 pound turkey last night. He set up the brine Saturday evening and brined overnight. Then he grilled the turkey. It was so juicy and flavorful! We will use this brine instead of Alton’s from now on. :) YUM!

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Barbara Adams on 12.26.2012

This was a great brine for the turkey. I did not put as much salt in mine, because it was previously frozen and has some salt solution alread in it. I brined the turkey for about 15 hours and it was so tasty and moist. The wing meat was a bit sweet, but that didn’t matter. Great recipe!

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Ruth on 11.26.2012

This brine was easy to make and made my turkey taste fantastic. My turkey was still moist and tasty three days after Thanksgiving. I will be using this brine from now on for all my turkey/chicken meals!

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smileyks on 11.25.2011

I’ve now tried four different brine recipes and this one is the best! It’s not just my opinion, but the opinion of 20+ people who devoured the turkey. It’s adds incredible flavor and makes the meat so tender and moist. It was actually demanded by my family this Thanksgiving. They said I could make the turkey again only if I did it the exact same as last year which was this recipe.
Be sure to use a fresh bird and marinade 1 hr/lb. Yes this requires planning ahead as you have to cool the brine before adding the bird.
This is worth it and really not that hard, especially after you’ve done it once. you won’t go back to your old ways.

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