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!
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.
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.
This brine, plus Kittencal's roast turkey directions (#199612), has led to a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner for three years in a row. I brine a 20 - 22 pound bird in a 5 gallon Home Depot bucket for about 18 hours and it's always been tasty and moist after cooking. Highly recommended!
This brine made the best turkey that I have ever made or eaten! 5 Stars all the way! I have been brining turkey for the last 4 Thanksgivings and I have always liked brined turkey better than a regular roasted turkey, but with this brine I LOVED the turkey. I used the recipe exactly as written and added a 24 pound turkey. There was enough brine to cover the whole thing. I then baked my turkey using your recipe for Kittencal's Perfect Roasted Whole Turkey (Great for Beginners). Thank you for both wonderful recipes! Both are winners in my book!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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