Maple-Seasoned Turkey Brine

This tasty turkey brine produces a moist and flavorful turkey every time!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
24 servings


  • ½ gallon water

  • 1 ½ cups maple syrup

  • 1 cup coarse sea salt

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup frozen lovage leaves

  • 2 tablespoons dried sage

  • 1 tablespoon ground thyme

  • 1 tablespoon celery salt


  1. Combine water, maple syrup, salt, brown sugar, lovage, sage, thyme, and celery salt in a large stockpot and bring to a boil; cook until sugar and salt are dissolved, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove pot from heat and cool brine completely.

Cook's Note:

Place turkey in a clean cooler. Pour brine over turkey. Add enough ice water to cover turkey completely. Refrigerate turkey in the brine up to 24 hours. Use weight if necessary to push turkey below surface of brine.

If you want to keep the turkey and brine in the refrigerator, do not use ice. Place turkey and brine in a kettle large enough to immerse the bird and place in the refrigerator while brining and keep cold throughout the process!

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 (per serving)

79 Calories
0g Fat
20g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 79
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 3713mg 161%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 31mg 2%
Iron 42mg 236%
Potassium 87mg 2%

* 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.