Yum - used this on a large chicken from the farmers market. Worked really good. Can't wait to try with a turkey on thanksgiving. I used the bay leaves, minced garlic, dried chili peppers, and peppercorns.
I made the full recipe to brine a 20 pound turkey. I cut the salt to one and a half cups, and the sugar to three quarters of a cup. I did that because I've only brined once before (chicken) and it was too salty. The turkey soaked overnight. The meat came out succulent and delicious. It is definitely worth it to use the suggested herbs and spices. Thank you.
Used a 1/2gal proportionate recipe of this for a 4.5lb turkey breast. The result was quite moist and fork-tender but a little salty for my tastes although Dh wasn't bothered by it. I made quite a point of thoroughly rinsing/washing the breast several times as I've had this problem with brine before.