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Basic Turkey Brine Recipe

A basic turkey brine, or basic poultry brine, to enhance the flavor of turkey.
Course Brine, Holiday
Cuisine American, holiday
Keyword basic turkey brine, Dry Brine Smoked Chicken, poultry brine, turkey brine, turkey brine recipe
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 3 minutes
Servings 8 Quarts of Brine
Calories 73kcal
Cost $10.00

Ingredients

  • 8 quarts water
  • 1 ½ cups kosher salt
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup whole peppercorns
  • 2 quartered oranges
  • 2 quartered lemons
  • 1 quartered red onion
  • 4 dry bay leaves

Instructions

  • In a large stock pot add water, salt, and sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar and salt in the water.
  • Add remaining ingredients, squeeze the citrus to add to the flavor and stir.
  • Add 12 - 16 pound turkey to the stock pot and cover. Brine for 24 - 30 hours to maximize flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 21273mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 71IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 1mg