Turkey Brine Time

Tuesday is the day the turkey will go into the brine. For a super fabulous tender and juicy turkey, try this. It’s easy and delicious.

Combine in large pot on stove:

1 head garlic, cloves separated and crushed
2 cups Kosher salt
2+ cups brown sugar
10 grams (one small container) Thyme
5 grams Rosemary
6 Bay leaves, crushed
Zest, pulp and juice of one orange
Cut the orange into pieces and add to mixture
8 Allspice berries, crushed
8 Juniper berries, crushed
8 Cloves, crushed
2 T. black peppercorns, crushed
1 cup fresh orange juice

Mix well.
Add 3/4 gallon of water, bring to boil.

To a clean, 5 gallon bucket, add 2+ gallons water
Add heated mixture to 5 gallon bucket, stir well.

Rinse the turkey (16.5 lb) and remove the neck and bags of organs.
Immerse turkey into bucket, making sure all cavities fill with brine mixture.

Place bucket in garage or other cold area.

I usually brine for 24 hours. Last year I got an early start and am brining for about 48 hours for extra delicious flavor . It did not disappoint. The meat is extra tender and juicy and bursting with flavor.

3 comments on “Turkey Brine Time

  1. Got the twenty pounder last night, Now the holidays begin, One present for under the tree, will be ready for the big cook off here and another at pats house, nice , My drinks of choice are like moms , Diet pepsi,after twelve ,,,,, Diet Sherra mist, ,, caffene free, Doctors orders , but not complaning, Do very well and feel wonderful. Coffee in am for sure,,,So will be staying sobor for sure, Ya ya , a great feeling, Love the holidays,, So let the party begin,, Wendy really sounds delicious, We have had fried turkey wonderful ,,,,, So lots of love to my sisters and lots of joy,,,

  2. There is absolutely nothing as easy, nor as delicious, as a brined turkey. It’s the only way I do it now. People rave about other methods and I’ve tried ’em all. Brining is the best. This recipe is great too!!

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