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Joe's Turkey Brine Recipe
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Joe's Turkey Brine

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Original recipe makes 24 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    1 hr 45 mins


  1. In a large stock pot over medium heat, pour in the vegetable broth, apple cider, apple juice, and water; stir in kosher salt, poultry seasoning, onion powder, black pepper, rosemary, sage, and thyme. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until all salt has dissolved, and boil for 30 minutes to extract flavors from herbs. Remove from heat, and allow to cool to room temperature before using as a turkey brine; allow brined turkey to marinate overnight.
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  • Editor's Note
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the brine ingredients. The actual amount of the brine consumed will vary.

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Nov 20, 2011

This is very similar to an excellent brine I made last year, and will make again in a couple days, Joe. I also use fresh garlic and sustitute ice for the water so it can sit on a cool porch. (Hard to fit a five gallon bucket in the fridge!) I also suggest fresh herbs and spices. Try it! Your friends and family will NOT be disappointed!!

Nov 19, 2012

I just wanted to comment on tda95337's note. Don't use a garbage bag. There are chemicals in those bags that are toxic. I brined a bird in a turkey bag one year, and later found out that garbage bags are harmful. Use an oversized turkey roasting bag or wash out a cooler instead.

Nov 23, 2012

I used this exact Brine recipe for baking the Turkey yesterday for Thanksgiving. We purchased an 11 pound turkey the 21st. I put the Brine recipe together as directed. I put the Turkey with the Brine in a food grade bucket overnight for 14hrs. Removed it from the solution on Thanksgiving day & placed it in a huge colander & rinsed the access brine from the turkey. Pat dried it & stuffed it with apples & coated the skin with unsalted butter & sprinked some pepper & seasoning salt on the outside. Placed it in the roaster & added about 2 cups of chicken stock to the bottom of the roaster. The turkey cooked surprisingly in 2hrs. It was perfect & the family just loved it :)

Sep 11, 2012

We made some modification to this recipe and loved it, the turkey was perfect. Cut the Kosher salt by 1/2 cup. We added1/2 onion and 6 cloves of garlic. We also stuffed the cavity with celery, carrots, lemon the other 1/2 onion, 6 more cloves of garlic, rosemary and Thyme. The we put the Turkey and brine in a garbage bag, then placed in a cooler with plenty of ice, overnight

Jun 26, 2013

It works beautifully and doesn't leave any after-taste behind. Everything you could want in a brine and so simple too. Made one of the best turkeys I've ever produced for the holidays!

Nov 22, 2012

I used this recipe along with an Apple Sage Brine Kit I purchased at my local grocery store, so it worked out perfectly. Since the brine kit I purchased from the store required a medium boil, then cooling, then add to turkey procedure, I added brown sugar, apple cider, (required by the brine kit) a little bit of maple syrup, celery, poultry seasonig, dried thyme leaves, dried rosemary, bay leaves, celery seeds, pepper, chicken soup base, carrots, onion & garlic to the brine kit when it started to boil. The kit came with a brine bag. After the above mentioned cooled, I added this to the turkey with 6 quarts of cold water & 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar (required by the brine kit). In all honesty, other than the extra ingredients I added (and the brine kit) I used this recipe as my anchor, and I purchased the brine kit out of desperation because all of the kosher salt had been sold out. Now, let's get back to my next steps. I placed my turkey in a cooler with ice (too big to fit in the refrigerator) for 24 hrs. My 20.5 lbs. Turkey cooked in 3-1/2 hours. I was told by my entire family that this was the best turkey they ever had. The turkey was moist (even the breast!) and everyone wanted leftovers! Thanks! Great brine & will use again next year!

Aug 03, 2014


Nov 13, 2013

This was the most juicy and tender turkey ever. I used a 5 gal cooler to soak my turkey. That way it didn't take up room in the refrigerator and I didn't have to worry about the weather being to warm. The spices soak into the meat and its not salty, just very good. Even the leftovers weren't dry.


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  • Calories
  • 102 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 25.2 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 5842 mg
  • 234%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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