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This simple turkey brine works overnight to ensure your turkey is moist, juicy, and full of delicious flavor! Use this easy brine on a fresh turkey, not on one already injected with any other brining solution. This recipe makes enough brine for a turkey in the 15- to 20-pound range.



Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Bring water to a boil in a large stockpot. Stir in salt and brown sugar until dissolved; return to a boil.

  • Add bay leaves, peppercorns, rosemary, thyme and cloves. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

  • Remove from the heat and let cool completely before using.

To Use Brine:

Pour cooled brine into a non-reactive container large enough to hold your turkey. (I keep a large plastic bucket just for brining.) Add your thawed turkey, then pour in enough cool water to cover turkey with liquid. Refrigerate 8 to 12 hours. Remove turkey from brine and let sit on counter for about 2 hours. Follow desired method of cooking your turkey.

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

44 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 11.3g; fat 0.1g; sodium 6080.8mg. Full Nutrition