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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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 10 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
34 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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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

382 calories; protein 2.1g; carbohydrates 97.2g; fat 0.6g; sodium 114785.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2012
I used this brine in conjunction with the Herb-Glazed Roasted Turkey also on Allrecipes.com so it's tough to say if the brine was totally successful in doing what it was supposed to accomplish. However my turkey was moist and tasty so I figure it probably did what it was supposed to do. A quick warning though.... "Ready in about 1 1/4 hours" is WAY off! I "set aside to cool completely".... In fact it sat on my deck in 40 degree weather to cool down and after 4 hrs it was still close to 60 degrees. Not a temp to start brining a turkey! Make this WAY ahead of time and allow to cool. Don't wait until the last minute. Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 13
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
11/22/2012
I used this brine in conjunction with the Herb-Glazed Roasted Turkey also on Allrecipes.com so it's tough to say if the brine was totally successful in doing what it was supposed to accomplish. However my turkey was moist and tasty so I figure it probably did what it was supposed to do. A quick warning though.... "Ready in about 1 1/4 hours" is WAY off! I "set aside to cool completely".... In fact it sat on my deck in 40 degree weather to cool down and after 4 hrs it was still close to 60 degrees. Not a temp to start brining a turkey! Make this WAY ahead of time and allow to cool. Don't wait until the last minute. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2012
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2012
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 worked great. This gives the turkey a nice juicy flavor without a lot of herb and citrus notes that you find in other brines. I brined the turkey for 24 hours before roasting. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2013
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! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2013
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2015
This was so easy and the turkey tasted fantastic! I received many compliments at Thanksgiving dinner. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2019
This is the third time I have used this very easy and complete brine. PERFECT EVERY TIME! Thank you for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2020
Today I’m making my brine for the 4th or 5th time. I cook our bird on our BBQ grill. Turns out great every time Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2018
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 hours. Read More
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