Turkey Brine

Teresa Howell


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.

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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. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 4 votes

15 Min
12 Hr
No-Cook or Other


  • 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.


  1. 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.
  2. When the broth mixture is cool, pour it into a clean 5 gallon bucket. Stir in the ice water and cider.
  3. 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.
  4. Remove the turkey and carefully drain off the excess brine. Pat dry. Discard excess brine.
  5. 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.

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About Turkey Brine

Course/Dish: Turkey
Main Ingredient: Turkey
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #brine #Turkey

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