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Brined and Roasted Whole Turkey

Rated as 4.9 out of 5 Stars

"No dish has more riding on its success than the holiday turkey. Brining locks in a turkey's natural juices, so it won't dry out during the roasting process, ensuring the perfect centerpiece for a flavorful feast."
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13 h 20 m servings 985
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. Overnight Brine: Combine Morton(R)Kosher Salt and sugar in cool water in a large, clean stockpot until completely dissolved. Place the whole turkey in the brine until completely submerged. Cover and refrigerate overnight, up to 14 hours. Remove the turkey from the brine, rinse inside and out under cool running water for several minutes to remove all traces of salt; pat dry with paper towel.
  2. 4-5 hour Brine: To brine your turkey in less time (4-5 hours), use 2 cups of Morton(R)Coarse Kosher Salt and two cups of sugar. Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 5 hours.
  3. To Roast: Mix the softened butter with the pepper. Place turkey on rack in roasting pan. Rub the seasoned butter under the skin. Brush the skin with the melted butter. Pour the 1 cup liquid (wine, broth or water) over the pan bottom to prevent drippings from burning. Roast turkey at 450 degrees F for 25 minutes, baste and then rotate the roasting pan. Continue roasting until the skin turns golden brown, an additional 25 minutes; baste again. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F; continue to roast, basting and rotating the pan once about halfway through cooking, until the minimum internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. Remove the turkey from the oven. Let stand 20 minutes before carving.


  • Tips:
  • Internal temperature guidelines courtesy of USDA Food Safety Facts.
  • Do NOT brine turkey if it includes “basting” liquids that contain salt.
  • If you purchase a turkey with a pop-up timer, leave it in place and ignore it. If removed, the timer will leave a gaping hole for juices to escape.
  • ©2013 Morton Salt, Inc.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 985 calories; 46.9 20.7 108.9 342 9504 Full nutrition

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I've been making turkey for 30 years and this has got to be the best recipe yet. I usually don't brine but decided the morning of Thanksgiving to give it a try and used the quick method (doublin...

This was my first turkey ever made solo and my mom loved it! I was worried since my turkey was a bit larger, so I just watched the thermometer and it turned out great. The brine is what makes th...

I've used the overnight method before with great results and was thrilled to see the quick brine method - I tried it and was happy with the results.

I started hosted thanksgiving when I moved into my house 5 years ago for about 23 ppl. I always get a 23lb turkey, double this recipe, and it turns out juicy and delicious! This photo is from 2...

I usually use the "Out of this world turkey brine" or the plain "Turkey brine" recipe from this site, but decided to change things up a bit. Wow! Wow! WOW! I made a 22 lb turkey and tripled the ...

Best turkey I ever cooked!! So tasty and moist. We usually have lots of white meat left over, but not this time.

I buy my turkey already brined, but otherwise follow these directions. I think it turns out much better this way than the traditional 325 from the beginning.

My first time making a turkey for thanksgiving so I had to try something simple but delicious. I did my trial and it came out great! I'm excited for my second turkey on thanksgiving using this r...

Awesome recipe. First time brining my turkey and it turned out better than expected. Everyone usually fights for the dark meat. This year people went for the white meat because they're so juicy....