5 Perfect Turkey Brine Recipes

5 Perfect Turkey Brine RecipesAre you looking for that perfect turkey brine recipe? I have 5 perfect recipes here for your Thanksgiving turkey this year. Brining a turkey is very important because it adds lots of flavor to your turkey. Brining is a process of marinating the turkey in a saltwater infused with herbs and spices. It adds lots of moisture, as well as flavor to your bird. Everyone always wants the juiciest bird possible, and brining will help you achieve it. Just remember you should only brine a turkey that is not pre-basted. Turkeys like Butterball have already been pre-basted and do not benefit from brining. Click here for 10 more great brine recipes and tips.

Honey Brine Recipe

1 cup kosher salt
1 lb, or 16 oz honey
1/2 gallon water
1 1/2 gallons heavily iced water

    Orange Brine

    1 cup kosher salt
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/2 gallon water
    1 1/2 gallons heavily iced water
    1 sweet onion, sliced
    3 cloves garlic
    4 Bay Leaves
    2 oranges

      Traditional Brine

      1 cup kosher salt
      1/2 cup brown sugar
      1/2 gallon water
      1 1/2 gallons heavily iced water
      1 sweet onion, sliced
      4 Bay Leaves
      1 tablespoon black peppercorns
      1 teaspoon allspice berries
      1 teaspoon dried sage
      1 teaspoon dried rosemary

        Herb Brine

        1 cup kosher salt
        1/2 cup brown sugar
        1/2 gallon water
        1 1/2 gallons heavily iced water
        1 sweet onion, sliced
        3 cloves garlic
        4 Bay Leaves
        1 tablespoon black peppercorns
        1 tablespoon dried sage
        1 tablespoon dried thyme
        1 tablespoon dried rosemary

          My Mom’s Brine Recipe

          1 cup kosher salt
          1/2 cup brown sugar
          1/2 gallon water
          1 1/2 gallons heavily iced water
          1 sweet onion, sliced
          3 cloves garlic
          4 Bay Leaves
          1 tablespoon black peppercorns
          1 tablespoon dried oregano
          1 tablespoon dried thyme

            Method for All Recipes
            1. Add all ingredients except water to a large saucepan. Add 1/2 gallon of the water and bring to a boil. Boil until all ingredients are cooked well, at least 15-20 minutes.
            2. Let the mixture cool, and add to a large pot or container, large enough for your bird. Add the heavily iced water, and make sure the mixture is ice cold before adding the bird. Add the bird and brine for 8-24 hours in the refrigerator.
            3.  After bird has soaked in it’s brine, rinse well under running water to wash off all the salty water. If you don’t do this, the bird will be too salty. Then either grill, smoke, roast or fry your bird until the internal temperature is 170 degrees in the breast.

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