Best Apple Cider Brined Turkey

Recipe by CooksInHeels
READY IN: 12hrs
SERVES: 8-10




  • In a large saucepan, combine cider, vinegar, salt, and sugar; stir to dissolve salt and sugar.
  • Bring to a low boil over medium heat; Add in peppercorns, sage, garlic, thyme and shallots.
  • On low heat simmer for 5 minutes; remove from heat, add ice to brine mixture and set aside to cool.
  • Remove the turkey from the wrapping, remove neck and giblets (set aside for giblet gravy), rinse and prepare bird by patting down with paper towels.
  • Make a collar of the top of cooking bags (helps keep bags open), and slip bird inside, stand it upright (legs pointing up), and unfold the top of the bag.
  • Once the brine is cooled to room temperature or less, pour the cooled brine over the bird, and add an additional cold water until bird is submerged in liquid.
  • Squeeze out as much air as possible and secure with a twist-tie.
  • Place the turkey, breast side down, in a roasting pan and refrigerate for 24 hours, turning over every 6-8 hours.
  • Just prior to roasting, remove the turkey from the brine; discard the bags, brine, and all cured herbs, spices, and oranges remaining in the bird.
  • Rinse the turkey under cold water and pat dry with paper toweling.
  • The turkey is now ready to be roasted. See cooking times for Brined turkey as it will be less than typical cooking time.
  • Before cooking the bird, I typically use a rub with olive oil or melted butter/margarine. I quarter an apple and stuff inside the cavity for cooking, tenting the bird until the last hour. This will be the BEST roasted turkey you’ve had, hands down! I even prefer this over deep fried turkey as it is about as moist and has much more flavor to it. I compliment this turkey by serving giblet gravy, sautéed herbed mushrooms and Apple Wine Stuffing.