Bay & Lemon Brined Turkey

Bay & Lemon Brined Turkey Recipe

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Maggie Heden


A fool-proof way to make your turkey moist and delicious! This brine also works well with other poultry; my husband loves when I brine cornish game hens this way. To use on smaller poultry, just halve the ingredients, but allow the bird to brine just as long.

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6 Hr


2 gal
1 c
1 c
kosher salt
lemons, sliced in half
bay leaves
cinnamon sticks
small handful of cloves
12-15 lb
whole turkey, defrosted

How to Make Bay & Lemon Brined Turkey


  • 1Combine all ingredients except for turkey in a very large container or pot (big enough for ingredients + turkey). Make all sugar and salt are completely dissolved in water.
  • 2Add turkey, cover and refrigerate 6 hours to overnight.
  • 3Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove turkey from brine and rinse in cool running water. Transfer to a roasting pan. Stuff the turkey cavity with lemon halves, bay leaves, and cinnamon sticks from the brine (discard the rest). Roast turkey, basting every 40 minutes, until juices run clear (cooking time will vary depending on size of bird). Let rest 10 minutes before carving.

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About Bay & Lemon Brined Turkey

Course/Dish: Turkey