Turkey Brine Recipes

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Dry Brine Turkey

Rating: 4.83 stars
Dry brining is the easiest way to get a moist and flavorful turkey on the table for your Thanksgiving dinner. Plan ahead, you'll need a few days to get the most flavor. I found that salt and pepper was enough for me, but feel free to season with other aromatics before roasting.

Apple Cider Turkey Brine

Rating: 4.87 stars
Delicious apple cider brining liquid for turkey. Brined turkeys tend to shorten your roasting time by about half an hour. But be sure your bird cooks to an internal temperature of 180 degrees when tested through the thigh. Season and roast according to any of your favorite recipes.

Holiday Turkey Brine

Rating: 5 stars
There are many brines available for your holiday turkey, and many have similar ingredients. The basic concept is that brining a turkey, or any meat, helps that meat retain moisture over long cooking periods. My husband said this recipe created the juiciest turkey he had ever experienced. Even after almost 4 hours of cook time, you could squeeze the juice out of the meat it was so tender and juicy. And the savory and sweet flavors were just enough to complement the brine and impart those flavors to the turkey. Bon appetit!

Dry Brined Turkey

Rating: 4.5 stars
I mixed together different recipes to try a dry brined turkey this year.

Maple Turkey Brine

Rating: 4.91 stars
This is Dave's favorite brine for Thanksgiving turkey. It can be used on any kind of poultry and pork. It gives a sweet, maple flavor to meats.

Harvest Turkey Brine

Easy brine for an 11-pound turkey. Use any herbs you prefer.

Brined and Roasted Whole Turkey

Rating: 4.74 stars
No dish has more riding on its success than the holiday turkey. Brining locks in a turkey's natural juices, so it won't dry out during the roasting process, ensuring the perfect centerpiece for a flavorful feast.
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Turkey Brine

Rating: 4.83 stars
This is a tasty brine for any poultry. It will make your bird very juicy, and gravy to die for!! This is enough brine for a 10 to 18 pound turkey.

Out of this World Turkey Brine

Rating: 4.83 stars
Best brine for smoked turkey around. This recipe was given to me by my uncle. He is always smoking meat. EDITOR'S NOTE: This recipe uses canning or kosher salt, not table salt. Using table salt in this amount will make the brine too salty.

Basic Brine for Smoking Meat

Rating: 4.67 stars
This is a very basic brine recipe for preparing meats and fish for smoking. Add any personal taste preferences to the brine for additional flavor enhancement. I like to add white wine, soy sauce, and various herbs and spices. Anything that you like will work, so experiment at will.

Ultimate Turkey Brine

Rating: 4.71 stars
Simple overnight brine that will make any turkey moist and tasty. You can use this recipe for turkeys in the 15 to 20-pound range. Brining works best for fresh turkeys; you should definitely not brine any turkey that is already injected with a 'solution.'

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Citrus Turkey Brine

Rating: Unrated
"Phenomenal. I use this on our turkey every Thanksgiving and get so many compliments! I will never cook a turkey any other way." – Katrina Taylor

Sugar Free Citrus Turkey Brine

Rating: 5 stars

Soaking your turkey in a great brine for 24 to 48 hours before roasting will do wonders to make it tender and yummy. I had a hard time finding one that was sugar-free for my diabetic father, so I kinda made this up. I love it. Oh with this bird, you won't be stuffing it with stuffing.