This recipe has two different marinades that are started on Tuesday morning. This is a marinade recipe only, and makes a pre-Thanksgiving marinade for a juicy turkey with lots of flavor.

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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Brine (for Tuesday morning)
Marinade (for Wednesday morning)

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • On the Tuesday morning before Thanksgiving, whisk together salt, orange juice, brown sugar, a cinnamon stick and water in a large nonreactive container with a cover, such as a large stainless steel stockpot. Stir until salt and sugar dissolve, about 5 minutes. Place the turkey into the brine, cover, and refrigerate overnight.

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  • The next day, remove turkey from the first marinade, shake off excess, and pat the bird dry. Discard the brine. Clean the stockpot or brining container.

  • In the clean stockpot, make the marinade by stirring together together sliced oranges, sliced lemons, onion, green bell pepper, parsley, cloves, garlic powder, cinnamon sticks, paprika, olive oil, and pepper. Place the turkey into the stockpot and rub the marinade into the turkey. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

  • On Thanksgiving Day, remove turkey from the marinade and shake off the excess. Discard the remaining marinade. Roast the turkey using your favorite method.

Editor's Note:

If there is not enough brine to completely cover the turkey, make additional. Do not dilute the brine with water, or the flavor will be weakened.

Tips

Always brine foods in a food-grade, nonreactive container such as a stainless steel or enameled stockpot, a brining bag, or a food-grade plastic bucket. Never use ordinary trash bags, plastic trash cans, or metal buckets or containers not meant for food use.

Nutrition Facts

814.1 calories; 93.3 g protein; 27.1 g carbohydrates; 267.6 mg cholesterol; 238.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2008
This turkey marinade is awesome the taste it gives is undeniably the best i have EVER EVER EVER had including in the restaurants!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/19/2009
This did produce a tender turkey but I was sooo thirsty after eating it! And I tried to get off as much as the brine as I could. Also the turkey picked up none of the flavor of the marinade whatsoever. I think Turkey Mercedes from this site is a comparable and far superior recipe. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2008
This turkey marinade is awesome the taste it gives is undeniably the best i have EVER EVER EVER had including in the restaurants!! Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2008
This turkey marinade is awesome the taste it gives is undeniably the best i have EVER EVER EVER had including in the restaurants!! Read More
(37)
Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2009
My turkey turned out so well. It had an awesome flavor to it. I was scared that the brine was going to make it salty but it didn't. It was very moist and tender. This is going to be ther only way I make my turkeys for now on! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2009
This was really good! I had to double the recipe on the brine because I had a 27 pound turkey but it was easy and it added a lot of flavor to the turkey. Family said that it was the best turkey that they ever had! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2008
Turkey was excellent! This redcipe made it juicy and flavorful. DH said this was the best turkey he'd ever had. And he is not a big turkey fan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2010
The first picture of this recipe is the turkey I made for Thanksgiving today! This is absolutely the best turkey I've ever made! It was so tender that the breast meat actually slid off of the carcass in the oven and into the pan below! The meat is tender and unbelievably juicy. The flavor is wonderfully savory and fragrant. Definitely worth the work! Highly recommended! Me and my parents have been picking at the meat all morning and are making plans to buy another bird to use this recipe with! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2009
This is well worth the time. Great recipe wouldn't change a thing. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/19/2009
This did produce a tender turkey but I was sooo thirsty after eating it! And I tried to get off as much as the brine as I could. Also the turkey picked up none of the flavor of the marinade whatsoever. I think Turkey Mercedes from this site is a comparable and far superior recipe. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2008
Just used this recipe for Christmas 2008. Turkey was moist and very flavorful. I highly recommend it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2011
Best brine method.. My turkey was great! Read More
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