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Incredible Turkey Brine

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

"This turkey brine will impart incredible flavor to your bird and keep it moist no matter how long you cook it. The allspice berries give this recipe a unique and wonderful flavor, so depending on how much of this flavor you want, you can add more or less berries. Kosher salt is the best option for any brine, but if you don't have any on hand, substitute the 1 1/4 cup of kosher salt for 1 cup of table salt. I once used this to brine a turkey that took 7 hours to cook, and it was still one of the most moist and juicy turkeys I ever made. This recipe will make enough to cover up to a 17 pound turkey."
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1 h 10 m servings 382
Original recipe yields 1 servings (34 servings)


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  1. Stir water, salt, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, thyme, rosemary, peppercorns, allspice berries, and bay leaf together in a large pot; bring to a boil. Set aside to cool completely before brining turkey.


  • Nutrition:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the brine ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.
  • Let the turkey sit in the brine overnight in the refrigerator. Turn the turkey over in the brine halfway through. When ready to cook, remove the turkey and pat dry but do not rinse. Wipe oil onto the turkey skin and add freshly ground black pepper.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 382 calories; 0.6 97.2 2.1 0 114785 Full nutrition

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I used this brine in conjunction with the Herb-Glazed Roasted Turkey, also on, so it's tough to say if the brine was totally successful in doing what it was supposed to accomplish...

I have never brined a turkey before. This was the best turkey I had ever made! My family was very impressed. Will always use the brining method in the future.

This was a great, simple recipe. I couldn't find vegetable stock, which is required for most other brines, but I had almost everything for this recipe. I only had dried herbs, but it still wor...

I have used this for four years now. My family was scared it would destroy their traditional roasted turkey. After eating it they would not want me to switch back to no brine!

Was great! Made my turkey very juicy. Just be careful to not keep the turkey in for too long as it does make it very salty.

This is the third time I have used this very easy and complete brine. PERFECT EVERY TIME! Thank you for the recipe!

I followed recipe using everything it called for. Turkey was 17# and i left it in brine for 24 hours in the garage fridge. Insanely moist, but a little on the salty side. i may cut down brine ...

Great brine! Used 1.5 gallons of water (1 gallon boiled with salt and 0.5 gallon of cold water after boiling), no allspice berries and added a couple of extra bay leaves. Soaked turkey for 14 ...

Wow! What a difference this brine made. Unless you really add a lot of allspice berries (which you can if you like that flavor), the difference is subtle but adds just the right flavor and a t...