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Try These Turkey Brines - 6 recipes

Keep your turkey moist and tender - try one of our turkey brine recipes! There are many to choose from, each with a different flavor profile. Plan ahead - larger birds will take more time to brine properly. But it's worth the wait!

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By gMinor

Rate this recipe 4.5/5 (4 Votes)
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Servings 8
Preparation time 30
Cooking time 75

  • RUB:
  • 1 tablespoon dry rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • BRINE:
  • 6 quarts water (I used much less... just enough to cover the loins)
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt (easy here, was originally 1 cup)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 7 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 tablespoons black peppercorns

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Add a kick to you bird this season with this Cajun Brined Turkey recipe, with instructions for the Big Green Egg or...

  • 1/2 cup Spanish paprika
  • 1/4 cup New Mexican chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chile de arbol
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 4 whole cloves garlic
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 large Spanish onion, quartered
  • 1 (12-pound) fresh turkey
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Special equipment: 3 cups hickory or apple chips if desired, soaked in cold water for 1 hour
4.5/5 (6 Votes)

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This turkey brine uses coriander, juniper, peppercorns, fennel seeds, mustard seeds, cloves, thyme and Riesling to ...

  • 7 quarts (28 cups) water
  • 1 1/2 cups coarse salt
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried juniper berries
  • 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black or brown mustard seeds
  • 1 fresh whole turkey (18- to 20-pounds), patted dry, neck and giblets reserved for stock, liver reserved for stuffing
  • 1 bottle dry Riesling
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
4.3/5 (10 Votes)

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Take your holiday turkey to the next level with this brine flavored with ginger, cloves, cardamom, allspice, and pe...

  • 5 quarts water
  • 3/4 cup plus
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh ginger, thinly sliced, about 6 ounces
  • 2 tablespoons cloves, coarsely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons cardamom pods, coarsely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons whole allspice, coarsely crushed
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns, coarsely crushed
  • 1 (12-pound) fresh or frozen turkey, thawed
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 1 1/10 ounces all-purpose flour, about 1/4 cup
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4.3/5 (4 Votes)

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Brining is one of the simplest techniques to maximize flavor, texture, and juiciness in your holiday turkey—try t

  • 3 cups apple juice or apple cider
  • 2 gallons cold water
  • 4 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons peppercorns
  • 5 whole bay leaves
  • Peel of 3 large oranges
4/5 (1 Votes)

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GREAT THANKSGIVING TURKEY BRINE

  • 1 gallon apple juice, chilled
  • 1 cup Kosher Salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
4.3/5 (20 Votes)

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Devotees of this Thanksgiving tradition swear that once you try Honey & Sage Brined Deep Fried Turkey, you'll never...

  • 1 (12 to 16-pound) turkey
  • 6 quarts water
  • 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 handful fresh sage leaves
  • 6 fresh garlic cloves, peeled and left whole
  • 2 tablespoons cracked black pepper
  • 2 ounces your favorite spice rub
  • 4 to 5 gallons Peanut Oil, for frying
  • Turkey fryer and burner
3.8/5 (19 Votes)

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Soak in the brine for 1-3 days in ice bath

  • 1 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 gallon water or 1 gallon vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp All Spice
  • 1/2 tbsp ginger
4/5 (1 Votes)

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makes a very tender and more juicy turkey

  • 12-15 lb. turkey
  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • 1 +1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups kosher salt
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 4 oranges cut in half
  • 4 japenoes chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 1-3 gallons water
4/5 (1 Votes)

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