I have used this recipe for many years. It makes a turkey fall-apart moist every time.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1.5 gallons
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Line a cooler with a large food safe bag. Combine the apple juice, water, and salt in the bag; stir until the salt is dissolved; add the garlic.

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  • To use: Lie your turkey into the brine with the breast-side down; add more water to submerge turkey completely if needed. Pour the ice over the turkey. Seal the bag and close the cooler; allow to sit overnight.

Nutrition Facts

80 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 19.7g; fat 0.2g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 7611.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2008
Well after reading Godiva Goddess's review and finding out that it is not supposed to be apple-y I have to change my rating and give it a 5. After all my hubby did say it was the best turkey he's ever had! The turkey turned out moist and delicious. Rinse the turkey before you roast it and careful with the seasonings it doesn't need much more salt! Thanks for the great recipe Godiva! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/02/2008
Use a Ziploc XL bag!! It fit my 23 lb turkey this Thanksgiving. I also placed the bag in the cooler first dissolved the salt then added all ingredients to the bag inside the cooler. I put the turkey in last along with the ice. I sealed the bag and it worked well. However for the amount of work I put into this brining thing (which was new to me) my turkey was no different than what I would normally make. My guests thought the same. I usually roast my turkey in my Nesco roaster oven. I put melted butter on top and season with just salt and pepper. I roast it breast side down and wait until it "caves in". Then I know that it is falling apart and done well. This is not good though if you want the picture perfect turkey to put on the table and carve. I do my "carving" ahead of time and put the platter of meat on the table. Read More
(42)
83 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 67
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2008
Well after reading Godiva Goddess's review and finding out that it is not supposed to be apple-y I have to change my rating and give it a 5. After all my hubby did say it was the best turkey he's ever had! The turkey turned out moist and delicious. Rinse the turkey before you roast it and careful with the seasonings it doesn't need much more salt! Thanks for the great recipe Godiva! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/26/2008
I have no idea how this will make my turkey taste but for those of you about to do this for your Thanksgiving please learn from our mistakes! We used a Reynold's oven bag big enough for a turkey and learned a lot from our first experience. 1. Heat up the measured water pour in the salt to dilute it then fridge the water to cool it off. 2. Place the bag in the cooler add the ingredients then the turkey. THE BAGS ARE NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO WITHSTAND A TRANSFER TRUST ME! (We just got done cleaning up apple juice garlic brine from our floor and surrounding cabinets! 3. And do NOT follow the advice of the person who suggested a garbage bag. As someone else pointed out it's not food grade. Good luck and happy Thanksgiving! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2008
I love using this recipe! It never fails to make my turkeys moist. The Apple Juice is not meant to add apple flavor no. (Perhaps using a few more quarts of apple juice (no water) and slicing some tart apples and adding them in would help if that is what you are aiming for.);)Hope you all enjoy remember to gobble 'til you wobble. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2008
You can use a large (clean) garbage bag instead of a food storage bag and yes Kosher salt is better. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/02/2008
Use a Ziploc XL bag!! It fit my 23 lb turkey this Thanksgiving. I also placed the bag in the cooler first dissolved the salt then added all ingredients to the bag inside the cooler. I put the turkey in last along with the ice. I sealed the bag and it worked well. However for the amount of work I put into this brining thing (which was new to me) my turkey was no different than what I would normally make. My guests thought the same. I usually roast my turkey in my Nesco roaster oven. I put melted butter on top and season with just salt and pepper. I roast it breast side down and wait until it "caves in". Then I know that it is falling apart and done well. This is not good though if you want the picture perfect turkey to put on the table and carve. I do my "carving" ahead of time and put the platter of meat on the table. Read More
(42)
Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2008
This is the only way I will cook a turkey - I have made this for the past few years and my entire extended family loves it. I do not use the garlic I DO use a garbage bag and I just put it in a container in the fridge long enough to hold it overnight. It somehow causes the turkey to cook an hour or so less as well. The gravy is the best! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2008
THIS WORKED AWESOME FOR ME!! NO YOUR TURKEY DOESN'T TASTE SWEET NO YOUR TURKEY DOESN'T TASTE LIKE APPLES!! BUT YOUR TURKEY IS VERY JUICY!! I USED THIS RECIPE ALONG WITH "HOMESTYLE TURKEY THE MICHIGANDER WAY" RECIPE AND MY TURKEY WAS SO TENDER THAT HE COULD NOT BE MOVED- HIS WINGS FELL OFF IMMEDIATELY!! TRY IT YOU'LL LIKE IT!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/05/2009
I have not made this yet I am going to. I would like to know how to cook this turkey the next day? How long in what? I will be getting a 12-14lb bird. What brand of turkey do you use? Can a person use a Butterball bird? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/16/2011
For all of the complaints about your turkey being too salty even after the brining process and being rinsed off: You need to let the turkey rest in the fridge overnight to get the rest of the brining mixture out of your turkey!!! About 2 cups or more of the brine will end up in the bowl. Then rinse the turkey again and pat dry! Most recipes miss this key step. Also don't use salted butter or chicken broth on your turkey or it will end up being salty. Read More
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