41 Reviews

I am getting ready for Thanksgiving again this year and had to find the brine recipe that I used last year because it made THE MOST INCREDIBLE TURKEY THAT I HAVE EVER TASTED! Well, this is the one! We used Kosher salt and brown sugar and also added minced garlic, a little bit of thyme and some rosemary and let it soak for 18 hours total. I took a plate of leftovers to my dad last year and he loved the turkey so much that he is coming to our house this year for Thanksgiving dinner. And last year was the first time that I had ever cooked a turkey in my life! The only thing that I have to say is MAKE SURE YOU RINSE THE TURKEY WELL! I did not pay attention to that step and my stuffing got REALLY salty, but it was my own dumb fault. Thank you for posting this. I will never make a turkey another way so long as I live!

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PSU Lioness November 15, 2010

I have used this brine as a base several times now and love it! Usually when I make chicken I marinate it overnight so it has a chance to take on some flavor, but this is so much quicker! For chicken pieces I only marinate for an hour and a half since it was a little salty for my taste the first time I tried it (at 2 hours). I usually replace half the water with beer and might try it with wine next. I also add in some garlic cloves, black peppercorns, fresh rosemary or other herbs from my garden...makes the most flavorful and moist chicken!

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Pickles McGee September 07, 2009

My Christmas turkey tasted great! I let my bird sit in the brine, in a stockpot, overnight.

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nisea916 January 24, 2011

Very good! And Easy!!! I also doubled the brine for a 16 pound turkey. So very moist!

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Charmie777 December 25, 2008

Wow! Decided to try this recipe on a turkey breast. I've never brined before but now I'm hooked. The turkey is so moist and tasty. Amazing! Thanks for sharing.

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dojemi August 17, 2010

This really did turn out perfect. I did it overnight and I doubled the recipe because I had a 26 pound turkey. I did inject it with cajun butter, but the meat was just perfect. It was moist and VERY juicy.

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RazorbackFan November 30, 2008

I used this recipe for my Thanksgiving turkey and this was by far the best turkey ever. It was so moist and juicy that everyone complimented it. I had a 16lb turkey and of course there was not enough liquid. I put the turkey in the brine Tuesday evening, so Wedneday morning I flipped the turkey over so the other side could get brined. Wednesday night before bed I flipped it back over. I had the turkey in the two roasting bags so they were easy to flip. I rinsed it really well before baking, then baked it at 500 degrees for 30 minutes, per Alton Brown. It was nice and brown in thirty minutes. I then turned the heat down to 350 and roasted the rest of the way. I covered the breast after the first 30 minutes, then uncovered it for the last 30 minutes. It was brown all over and the skin was nice and crispy. It was a tad salty, but not too salty. I basted it throughout cooking, which is most likely the reason for the salty taste. This is the best turkey I have ever made and I have been making turkey for 20 years now. This is a keeper. Thanks.

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inabsentia November 29, 2008

First time I brined, and will be brining from now on. I pre made the brine one day before the turkey needed to go in, and put the brine in the refridgerator to make sure it was cool enough to put turkey in. That way I didn't have to wait for it to cool.

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JB's Girl November 27, 2008

We loved this! It was delicious! My brother, who is a trained chef, was even complimentary of my turkey! High praise, indeed. :)This will become a standard at our Thanksgiving table. Thanks so much!

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StacieB CO November 23, 2006

Your Turkey Brine recipe is fantastic. All the fancy brines do not hold a candle to yours. Once again proving the wisdom of keeping it simple. Thank you for posting this great recipe.

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Vickie B. December 25, 2015
Turkey Brine