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turkey brine

★★★★★ 4
a recipe by
Teresa Howell
Cusseta, GA

This makes a moist and delicious turkey. I love it when my Uncle brines his turkey and cooks it. It's so good! Thanks Uncle for the recipe.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

If you want a tender and juicy, roasted turkey this Thanksgiving or Christmas try brining it in this turkey brine. Once baked, it's golden brown and a lovely centerpiece for your holiday meal. There are six cloves of garlic in this brine but don't let that scare you. No one flavor overpowers another - they work together wonderfully.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 4
prep time 15 Min
cook time 12 Hr
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For turkey brine

  • 1 gal
  • 1 bunch
    fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp
    dried thyme
  • 6 clove
    garlic (smashed with skin on)
  • 1 c
    sea salt
  • 1 bunch
  • 2 c
    maple syrup
  • 1 gal
    ice water
  • 2 c
    apple cider

How To Make turkey brine

Test Kitchen Tips
We used a cooler instead of a 5 gallon bucket to brine the turkey overnight. Along with the ice, it keeps the turkey cold and does not take up space in the fridge.
  • Water, sea salt, rosemary, sage, thyme, maple syrup, and garlic cloves in a large pot.
    In a large stockpot, combine the water, sea salt, rosemary, sage, thyme, maple syrup, and garlic cloves. Bring to a boil and stir frequently to be sure salt is dissolved. Remov from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  • Broth, cider, and ice in a big bucket.
    When the broth mixture is cool, pour it into a clean 5 gallon bucket. Stir in the ice water and cider.
  • Turkey submerged in the bucket.
    Place the turkey, breast down, into the brine. Make sure that the cavity gets filled. Place the bucket in the refrigerator overnight but no longer than 12 hours.
  • Drying the brined turkey.
    Remove the turkey and carefully drain off the excess brine. Pat dry. Discard excess brine.
  • Brined turkey ready to roast.
    Cook the turkey as desired reserving the drippings for gravy. Keep in mind that brined turkey cooks about 5-10 percent faster. So watch your turkey closely so as not to overcook your turkey.