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Joe's Turkey Brine

Rated as 4.9 out of 5 Stars

"Combination of two of my favorite recipes."
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1 h 45 m servings 102
Original recipe yields 24 servings


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  1. In a large stock pot over medium heat, pour in the vegetable broth, apple cider, apple juice, and water; stir in kosher salt, poultry seasoning, onion powder, black pepper, rosemary, sage, and thyme. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until all salt has dissolved, and boil for 30 minutes to extract flavors from herbs. Remove from heat, and allow to cool to room temperature before using as a turkey brine; allow brined turkey to marinate overnight.


  • Editor's Note
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the brine ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 102 calories; 0.2 25.2 0.2 0 5842 Full nutrition

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This is very similar to an excellent brine I made last year, and will make again in a couple days, Joe. I also use fresh garlic and sustitute ice for the water so it can sit on a cool porch. (Ha...

I just wanted to comment on tda95337's note. Don't use a garbage bag. There are chemicals in those bags that are toxic. I brined a bird in a turkey bag one year, and later found out that garb...

I used this exact Brine recipe for baking the Turkey yesterday for Thanksgiving. We purchased an 11 pound turkey the 21st. I put the Brine recipe together as directed. I put the Turkey with the ...

We made some modification to this recipe and loved it, the turkey was perfect. Cut the Kosher salt by 1/2 cup. We added1/2 onion and 6 cloves of garlic. We also stuffed the cavity with celery, c...

I used this recipe along with an Apple Sage Brine Kit I purchased at my local grocery store, so it worked out perfectly. Since the brine kit I purchased from the store required a medium boil, t...

It works beautifully and doesn't leave any after-taste behind. Everything you could want in a brine and so simple too. Made one of the best turkeys I've ever produced for the holidays!

I followed the directions exactly--only decreasing the amounts to suit a turkey breast rather than the whole thing and "the bird was the word"! Excellent flavor without being too salty, juicy, ...

This was the most juicy and tender turkey ever. I used a 5 gal cooler to soak my turkey. That way it didn't take up room in the refrigerator and I didn't have to worry about the weather being to...

This will be my second time using this brine, I did not change a thing in the recipe and this was a complete hit with my family. I brine the turkey over night and then pull it out of the brine l...