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How to Brine a Turkey

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brined turkey, how to brine a turkey, turkey brine recipe
Prep Time: 2 hours
Brining Time: 1 day 9 hours 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 579 kcal
How to Brine a Turkey- a step-by-step guide for brining turkey, tips for a better turkey, how to brown turkey skin and a recipe for juicy turkey.
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Ingredients

  • 12 pound turkey
  • 16 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 yellow onion cut into quarters
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 5 garlic cloves , lightly smashed
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 3/4 cup kosher salt
  • 4 cups Ice

Optional Add-Ins

  • Orange Zest or Orange Slices
  • Lemon Zest or Lemon Slices
  • Carrots , cut into slices
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Celery , cut into small pieces
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Cloves
  • Anise Pods
  • Nutmeg

Instructions

  1. Remove plastic wrap, gizzard and neck. Rinse well with cold water. Place into brining bag placed, large baking dish or large stock pot. Make sure you have enough space to place whatever you use into the refrigerator. 

  2. Bring 16 cups of water to a rapid boil in a large stock pot. Whisk in paprika, chile powder, garlic powder, onion, oregano, thyme, garlic cloves, brown sugar, bay leaves and kosher salt. Also add any additional optional add-ins. Continue to boil for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly (approximately 10-15 minutes) then add 4 cups of ice.

  3. When brine has reached room temperature carefully pour into brining bag (or whatever you are using to place it into the fridge) with turkey (this is a two person job.) Tightly pull bag up around the turkey, forcing the brine to fully encase the bird. Twist the top around a few times and then tie tightly with twine. Place in refrigerator for 24 hours. *

  4. Remove from brine and rinse with cold water. Pat dry and then prepare your turkey according to desired recipe. 

  5. If you've tried this recipe, come back and give it a rating and tell us how it was! 

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Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
How to Brine a Turkey
Amount Per Serving
Calories 579 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 278mg 93%
Sodium 8957mg 373%
Potassium 936mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Sugars 6g
Protein 84g 168%
Vitamin A 16.2%
Vitamin C 1.9%
Calcium 7.4%
Iron 21.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.