57 Reviews

We used this brine on a 7 pound bone in turkey breast for Thanksgiving. We rubbed the turkey with butter, stuffed the cavity with fresh thyme, onion, and celery, and brushed it with pure maple syrup during the last hour.The skin cas crisp and golden, and the meat was moist and tender. The maple really highlighted the brown sugar in the brine. Thank you for such a delicious start for our holiday dinner!

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Jenya G November 25, 2010

This turned out a juicy, moist, and flavorful turkey. I did use my large crisper drawer in the fridge to brine the turkey overnight, like another reviewer suggested. It worked great! Thanks for a great recipe. This recipe is a keeper.

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sweetp September 26, 2012

This worked out very well for us. I liked that I had all the brine ingredients in the house as I decided to brine at the last hour and didn't have such things as apple juice or maple in the house. I didn't have a large container, so I just used one of my crisper drawers and then flipped the turkey. Our turkey was moist and delicious, thanks for the recipe.

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Denise! November 27, 2009

This is the 2nd year our family has brined our turkey. Was not happy with last years recipe, so I searched for a new brine. This was amazing. We brined our turkey at least 30 hours. It was great. Prepared the turkey in a roaster oven. Thank you for this recipe. I will use this again next year.

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joann.king1 December 04, 2013

Made this brine for our 18.5 pound Thanksgiving turkey this year. My, my! Hands down, the best turkey I've ever cooked! All agreed the extra flavor from brown sugar, pepper, Worchestershire and garlic made a MUCH better brine than just salt and sugar. Brined for 24 hours in a 2-1/2 gallon bucket in the fridge, only change was that I used only 1-1/2 gallons of water due to turkey was almost too big for the bucket! I won't ever do my turkey any other way. Thanks, Kittencal, for yet another outstanding recipe! Leftover white meat sandwiches have even been to die for this year. I will be purchasing a 5-gallon food-grade bucket for next year.

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davianng November 25, 2012

My first time brining and it was a success. DH and I prefer dark meat most of the time, the kids like white. For the first time EVER... DH said he thought the white meat was superior to the dark because of the moistness. I agree! Thanks so much Kitten for the awesome, easy recipe!

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Cinda Lu November 24, 2012

I have used this brine on a 20-22 lb turkey for the last 3-4 years, and the turkey is always delicious. It's much simpler and cheaper to put together than a lot of recipes, and I don't think all of the additional ingredients are necessary. I use a clean 5 gallon paint bucket and it's the perfect size.

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stacya100 November 21, 2012

This was my first time using a brine to go along with my first time roasting our holiday turkey. This plus "Kittencal's Perfect Roasted Whole Turkey (Great for Beginners)" Kittencal's Perfect Roasted Whole Turkey (Great for Beginners), made for one of the tastiest birds and successful meals I think we have experienced.

You are now my most favouritist :-) chef on this site. Thank you!

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Mizgrimalkin November 25, 2011

Wow! One of THE BEST, juiciest, most-flavorful turkeys we have ever had! We deep-fried ours for even better results! Thanks!

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Lucky Clover December 01, 2010

This was our first time brining a turkey and we are total converts. It created the most amazing, moist turkey.

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Yummy Twin Mummy December 31, 2009
Kittencal's Best Brown Sugar Turkey Brine