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