Best Ever Brine

Best Ever Brine

Brining the Thanksgiving turkey is the ultimate technique for a juicy, delicious turkey infused with flavor. A simple technique, no messy kitchen involved! The Best-Ever Brine will make for the BEST turkey you've ever had!



36 hour

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Main Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 4 oranges (cut into quarters or slices)
  • 1 large red onion onion (cut into quarters or slices)
  • 10 garlic cloves (smashed)
  • 1/4 cup peppercorns
  • 2 ounces fresh thyme
  • 8 ounces pure maple syrup

Cooking Instructions

Step 1

In a large food service-grade bucket or cooler, add 1 gallon hot water. Pour in salt and stir until salt is completely dissolved. 

Step 2

Stir in 4-5 pounds of ice. Add in the rest of the ingredients, and place turkey (12-18 pound turkey) in brine. Add enough cold water to cover the turkey. 

Step 3

Soak in brine for 12 to 36 hours. Remove turkey from brine and baked as desired.

All recipe ingredients should be cooked to a safe internal temperature according to USDA guidelines. After preparing a recipe, please store any leftovers in the refrigerator.