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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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Who wouldn’t want to eat a tender, moist, and flavorful turkey for their Thanksgiving feast? Brining is a salt m...

  • 12 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sage
  • 2 tablespoons thyme
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 4 cups ice
4.5/5 (47 Votes)

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Basic Turkey Brine Recipe (For a 12 pound turkey)

  • Ingredients:
  • 10 ounces kosher salt (roughly 1 1/4 cups Morton’s or 1 3/4 cups Diamond Crystal)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar or maple syrup
  • 5 sprigs of fresh sage
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 large sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 5 crushed garlic cloves
  • 3 to 4 dried chili peppers
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • the peel of 2 oranges
  • 1 to 2 gallons cold water
  • For roasting the turkey:
  • Butter, melted
  • Fresh herbs
  • Cloves of garlic
  • 2 to 4 cups of chicken stock, turkey stock, or white wine (or a combination)
5/5 (1 Votes)

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Remove giblets and turkey neck: rinse turkey inside and out

  • 1/2 c. Kosher salt
  • 2 T. dried sage
  • 1 T. dried thyme
  • 10 oz kikkoman Soy Sauce
  • 2 gallons cold water
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 T. dried celery seed
5/5 (1 Votes)

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Add all ingerdients to a pot lg

  • 3 c. apple cider
  • 2 gal. water
  • 1/1 /2c. salt
  • 2 c. brown sugar
  • Bay leaves
  • Rosemary
  • Peppercorns
  • Minced garlic
  • Orange peel
5/5 (1 Votes)

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Combine broth, salt, sugar, allspice and ginger in a large stockpot

  • For brining:
  • 1 14-16# turkey
  • 1 gallon vegetable broth
  • 1 gallon water iced
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs black peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 tsp allspice berries
  • 1 1/2 Tbs candied ginger chopped
  • For roasting:
  • 1 red apple quartered
  • 1/2 onion quartered
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 Cup water
  • 4 sprigs rosemary
  • 6 sage leaves
  • canola oil
5/5 (1 Votes)

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Makes your turkey moist and delicious

  • 1/2 gallon hot tap water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 lb of coarse salt
  • (2 cups of Morton's kosher salt)
  • 8 lbs of ice (1 gallon water)
  • 16 cups (128 oz) vegetable broth.
5/5 (1 Votes)

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Great Brine that I R&D (Research and Duplicate) and added my touches

  • Ingredients
  • 2 gallons water
  • 1 to 2 cans of beer (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups canning or Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
5/5 (1 Votes)

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Combine all in a stock pot, bring to a boil, then chill

  • 2 Gallons Cold Water
  • 3/4 C. Kosher Salt, rinsed
  • 2 C. Brown Sugar
  • 3 C. Apple Cider
  • 2 T. Allspice
  • 2 T. Peppercorn
  • Fresh Rosemary, Thyme, Bay Leaf
  • Whole Head of Garlic
  • 3 Large Oranges, quartered
4.9/5 (7 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
4.6/5 (7 Votes)

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from Food Network's Pioneer Woman

  • 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
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Peppercorns
  • 5 whole Bay Leaves
  • Peel Of Three Large Oranges
4.6/5 (15 Votes)

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