Lauren's Apple Cider Roast Turkey


The most delicious roast turkey recipe ever! The brine is well worth the extra time the night before; the result is a juicy, perfectly seasoned turkey. A brined turkey cooks 20-30 minutes faster; keep that in mind when consulting roasting charts. Enjoy!

1 whole turkey


  • 1 (16 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed

  • 1 ½ gallons water

  • 1 gallon apple cider

  • 1 ½ cups kosher salt

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme

  • ¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning


  1. Rinse turkey inside and out with cold water; pat dry with paper towels.

  2. Mix water, apple cider, kosher salt, and sugar in a large pot or 5-gallon food-grade bucket, stirring to dissolve salt and sugar. Submerge turkey in brine, cover the container, and place in refrigerator, 8 hours or overnight.

  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  4. Remove turkey from brine and discard used brine. Place turkey breast-side up into a roasting pan; pat turkey and cavity dry with paper towels. Loosen turkey skin over breast and thighs with your fingers.

  5. Mix olive oil, thyme, and poultry seasoning in a small bowl. Rub seasoned oil over turkey and underneath loosened skin. Cover turkey loosely with aluminum foil.

  6. Roast in the preheated oven until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of a thigh, not touching bone, reads 165 to 175 degrees F (75 to 80 degrees C), 4 to 4 1/2 hours. Remove foil tent about 45 minutes before end of roasting time to let skin brown. Let turkey rest 30 to 45 minutes before carving.

    High angle view of thanksgiving turkey with lemons in plate on table
    Con Poulos/Allrecipes Magazine

Editor's Notes:

Always brine foods in a food-grade, nonreactive container such as a stainless steel or enameled stockpot, a brining bag, or a food-grade plastic bucket. Never use ordinary trash bags, plastic trash cans, or metal buckets or containers not meant for food use.

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)

952 Calories
38g Fat
49g Carbs
98g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 952
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 48%
Saturated Fat 10g 52%
Cholesterol 286mg 95%
Sodium 9387mg 408%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Total Sugars 44g
Protein 98g
Calcium 103mg 8%
Iron 6mg 35%
Potassium 981mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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