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Maple Turkey Brine

Rated as 4.98 out of 5 Stars

"This is Dave's favorite brine for Thanksgiving turkey. It can be used on any kind of poultry and pork. It gives a sweet, maple flavor to meats."
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1 h 35 m servings 180
Original recipe yields 18 servings (18 cups)


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  1. Place 2 quarts of water in a large pot over medium heat, and stir in brown sugar, soy sauce, maple syrup, sea salt, garlic cloves, bay leaves, thyme sprigs, peppercorns, and whiskey. Stir to dissolve brown sugar and salt; bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and stir in remaining 2 quarts of water. Allow brine to cool completely before using.


  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 180 calories; 0.1 37.4 1 0 4337 Full nutrition

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i was so nervous about this brine- my husband chose the recipe, and when it was hot it smelled AWFUL! i let it cool, and it smelled a little better, but just a little. i made just a turkey breas...

This is a great brine, the soy sauce gives the turkey a lovely rich color and the turkey was very juicy. I put the garlic cloves in the cavity for cooking and people were fighting for them! For ...

I rated this recipe last year about this time and still love it, I just wanted to add to the review. This year I actually had a nice big 5 gallon bucket from Lowes with a lid to Brine it in for ...

This will be the brine that I use from now on. It was excellent. I put it together the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving so that it could chill over night and I could start brining the turkey ...

This is my favorite and only way I will roast a turkey or chicken now! It leaves the meat so moist! I know it may have a bad smell but it will make the best Thanksgiving Bird you have ever had...

Best brine ever! I've made turkey with this brine several times and now I've started adding a couple tablespoons of liquid smoke and a couple teaspoons maple flavor extract to kick it up a few n...

The best and most moist Turkey we have ever had. We will use this every year!!!

I use this brine recipe every year for Christmas and thanksgiving turkey! My picky family loves it! It’s easy to make and makes for a delicious, moist turkey! However, I do not use sour mash whi...

Amazing brine, use it for turkey and whole chickens. I usually don't have the whisky around so I've made it without- very delicious and doesn't smell terrible when you make it. ;)