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Mighty Fine Turkey Brine

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"I mixed and matched and finally found the best way to brine a turkey. It adds flavor but not enough to overpower what you will use when you roast the turkey. It will literally leak when you cut it... that is how juicy this bird gets. You can also use this brine for other types of poultry."
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41 m servings 101
Original recipe yields 31 servings (31 cups)


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  1. Combine 2 1/2 cups water and salt in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until salt is dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  2. Pour water and salt mixture into a 5-gallon bucket. Add 1 gallon of water.
  3. Combine 2 1/2 cups water and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Pour into the bucket.
  4. Stir apple juice, whiskey, and lemon juice into the bucket. Add chopped apple. Squeeze in orange juice and add in rinds.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • Substitute 1/4 cup lemon extract for the lemon juice if desired.
  • To Brine: Crush 1 to 2 jumbo-sized cloves of garlic and rub over a 12 to 18-pound turkey. You can also mince fresh herbs and mix in with the garlic. Stuff turkey with 1 quartered and chopped apple. Brine for 12 to 16 hours, depending on the size of the turkey. You could add a bottle of dry white wine to the brine about 6 hours in. Pat turkey dry with paper towels before roasting.
  • 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

Per Serving: 101 calories; 0.1 16.3 0.1 0 9 Full nutrition

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This was the best smoked turkey I have ever made. The brine made it super juicy, tender, and full of flavor. I scaled down the recipe because I was just doing a whole turkey breast and it still ...

The turkey was very moist and had a great flavor. Will definitely be used again!!!!!!!

It was very delicious, and flavorful! The turkey was very juicy and moist. This is a keeper.