Apple Turkey Brine

barbara lentz


Great brine for a flavorful and moist turkey.

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We are in love with this simple turkey brine. It's one of the best we've ever used. The turkey comes out moist and lightly salted with an underlying sweetness. It has hints of spice, citrus, apple, and herbs that are so expertly balanced you'd swear it was prepared by a 4-star restaurant chef. If you want to try a new outstanding flavor combination this holiday season, we highly recommend this brine recipe.

Tip: Stuff the turkey with some of the brined fruit, herbs, and onion when you roast it for added flavor and moisture. Adding a sliced apple would be great too. The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 1 vote

24 Hr
No-Cook or Other


  • 3 qt
  • 1 gal
    apple juice
  • 2 c
    kosher salt
  • 1 c
    brown sugar
  • 12
    whole cloves
  • 2
    cinnamon sticks
  • 1 Tbsp
    black peppercorns
  • 1 Tbsp
    pink peppercorns
  • 4 sprig(s)
  • 8 sprig(s)
  • 10 clove
  • 1 large
    onion, halved
  • 2 large
    oranges, halved

How to Make Apple Turkey Brine


  1. In a large pan combine salt, sugar, and 1 quart of water.
  2. Bring to a simmer and simmer until salt and sugar is dissolved. Turn off heat and let cool.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients to the cooled brine.
  4. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold.
  5. Place the turkey in a container large enough to hold the turkey and brine.
  6. Pour the cold brine over the turkey.
  7. If there is not enough brine to cover the turkey add more water.
  8. Cover and brine for 24 hours.
  9. Remove the turkey and rinse well.
  10. Then dry.
  11. Now the turkey is ready to roast.

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About Apple Turkey Brine

Course/Dish: Marinades
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: American
Collection: Thanksgiving Table

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