Wet Turkey Apple Brine

Wet turkey apple brine is perfect for your Thanksgiving turkey.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
2 gallons brine


  • 2 gallons cold water

  • 3 cups apple juice

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup kosher salt

  • 1 orange, peeled

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh rosemary

  • 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns

  • 1 ½ tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1 ½ teaspoons whole allspice berries

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped crystallized ginger

  • 5 bay leaves


  1. Combine water, apple juice, brown sugar, kosher salt, orange peel, rosemary, peppercorns, garlic, allspice, ginger, and bay leaves in a stock pot; bring to a gentle boil. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Cook's Notes:

You can use apple cider instead of apple juice, if desired.

To brine a turkey, place turkey, breast-side down, into brine and soak 8 hours to overnight.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

1264 Calories
2g Fat
321g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 1264
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 91414mg 3,975%
Total Carbohydrate 321g 117%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 296g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 25mg 125%
Calcium 592mg 46%
Iron 9mg 50%
Potassium 1597mg 34%

* 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.