Super Delicious Apple Cider Turkey Brine

Super Delicious Apple Cider Turkey Brine

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Made turkey last year in this wonderful brine solution and it was hands-down the best turkey my family had ever had. It was moist and flavorful as expected! Plan ahead because the brine needs to be boiled first then cooled before you insert turkey.


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  • 1/2 gal
    apple cider
  • 1 1/2 gal
  • 1 c
  • 1 c
    brown sugar
  • 5 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 3 large
    oranges, quartered, reserve 1 for when cooking turkey
  • 6 sprig(s)
    fresh thyme
  • 4 sprig(s)
    fresh rosemary

How to Make Super Delicious Apple Cider Turkey Brine


  1. Dissolve the salt and sugar in combined 1.5 gallons of water and 1/2 gallon cider in a large stockpot. Add garlic, oranges, thyme, and rosemary. Note: This recipe is designed for a 10-12lb turkey. if you have a big turkey and need more brine, then use 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup brown sugar for every gallon of water.

    Bring solution to a boil, then immediately turn off heat and cover. Let brine cool to room temperature.
  2. Remove neck, giblets, and liver froma 10-12lb thawed or fresh turkey and save for gravy. Rinse turkey, inside and out in cold
    water. Soak turkey in brine. Either:
    A) Carefully immerse your turkey into cooled brine, in the stock pot. This is best done in
    the sink, as brine will spill out. Cover and Refrigerate.
    B) Put turkey into a large plastic brining/roasting bag. Pour entire brine liquid over turkey. Seal bag tightly. Put the turkey bag into the stock pot. Refrigerate.
    Buy a new clean 3-4 gallon big paint bucket from your hardware store, line it with your brining bag or a giant reynolds cooking back, put your turkey inside, and pour the brine mix over it so it it covered. Seal it and then cover and surround the bucket with 3-4 bags of ice from your grocery store. If you have a large cooler that you can turn on its side and slide the bucket in there, even better. Let brine in your cool garage or on your deck.

    Brine for at least 4 hours and up to 24. *my personal experience is 4-6 hours is perfectly fine*
  3. Remove turkey from brine and rinse well inside and out. Pat dry. Discard the brine solution. Before cooking your turkey in whatever favorite way you do, use the 3rd orange you have set aside and rub the whole outside especially on the top breast area. Then apply your butter and favorite seasonings.

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About Super Delicious Apple Cider Turkey Brine

Course/Dish: Turkey
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American

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