How to Brine Your Thanksgiving Turkey

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Brining is the *key* to making a delicious, moist and flavorful Thanksgiving turkey. It’s a sweet and savory marinade that adds that extra “something” to your main course. It’s simple, yet worth the extra few steps!

Brine1In a large stock pot boil all ingredients (but ice). 

Brine2After simmering for 1 hour, put ice in and let cool. 

Brine 3Place a thawed turkey with insides removed in a large cooking bag. Place on a foil turkey roaster. Pour cooled brine over top. 

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Place in refrigerator overnight before roasting.

* It may take up to 5 days to thaw your turkey, just a huge FYI!

 

How to Brine a Turkey
 
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Serves: 10
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Ingredients
  • 1 gallon vegetable stock
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp black peppercorns
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 sprigs Rosemary
  • 4 Sage leaves
  • 6 cups ice
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot boil all ingredients (but ice).
  2. After simmering for 1 hour, put ice in and let cool.
  3. Place a thawed turkey with insides removed in a large cooking bag.
  4. Place on a foil turkey roaster.
  5. Pour cooled brine over top.
  6. Place in refrigerator overnight before roasting.
 

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  1. Joy Kiefer says:

    Totally going to try this for thanksgiving!

  2. Do you know if it is okay to brine a turkey that says: 8% solution of turkey broth, salt, sodium phosphates, sugar & flavoring? That is the turkey I have right now, and I am questioning whether this would be good or too salty.

  3. For the past couple of years my mom has cooked only a large turkey breast for thanksgiving since she is the only one that ever ate the dark meat. Every year it is a bit dry so I offered to try something different and used this brine. Everyone moaned over how good and moist it was! Thank you! This will be a go-to every thanksgiving from now on.

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