Delicious mixture of several recipes we love. My father-in-law raves it is the best turkey he's ever had.


Recipe Summary

20 mins
3 hrs 30 mins
1 day
1 day
20 servings


Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine chicken stock, apple cider, honey, and salt in a large bowl; stir until honey is dissolved. Add 1/2 of the thyme, 1/2 of the sage, garlic, and black pepper; stir. Add water and stir until brine is evenly combined.

  • Place turkey in a food-safe cooking bag and pour brine over turkey. Inject the meaty parts of turkey with brine using an injector. Gather bag tightly around turkey so that brine completely surrounds turkey, adding more water if needed. Seal bag, place in a large pot, and refrigerate, 24 to 48 hours.

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place a rack in a large 2 1/2-inch deep roasting pan.

  • Remove turkey from brine and pat dry inside and out. Reserve about 1/2 of the brine. Place turkey in a fresh oven-safe baking bag, breast-side down and place on the rack.

  • Squeeze oranges and lemons into the main cavity of the turkey. Place squeezed oranges and lemons, remaining thyme, and remaining sage in the cavity. Lightly coat turkey with olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Insert an oven-safe thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh without touching the bone.

  • Bake in the preheated oven, basting with brine every 30 minutes, for 2 1/2 hours. Flip turkey and continue baking until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 1 to 1 1/2 hours more. The thermometer should read 180 degrees F (82 degrees C). Allow turkey to rest 15 to 20 minutes before slicing.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of brine ingredients. The actual amount of brine consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

817 calories; protein 92.5g 185% DV; carbohydrates 34.7g 11% DV; fat 32.6g 50% DV; cholesterol 268.4mg 90% DV; sodium 9483.2mg 379% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
This was a great brine. We did add a fifth of bourbon to the bucket.:-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
This was a great brine. We did add a fifth of bourbon to the bucket.:-) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My family loved it! it was so moist and juicy and delicious that it just fell off the bone. With 12 people and an 18lbs turkey there was only the drippings left! Read More