The Dish’s Wet Turkey Brine

Yield: 8 servings
Calories: 110
Theme: Holiday
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Turkey is arguably the most important part of Thanksgiving dinner, so you always want to make sure you're cooking it perfectly. This turkey brine recipe can help ensure your turkey will taste delicious. This recipe breaks down everything you need to know about how to make a brine and how to prep the turkey for the big day.


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  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp juniper berries
  • 1 head of garlic, halved across the equator
  • 1/2 bunch thyme or rosemary
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 quarts ice
  • cold water to cover
  • 12-15 lb turkey, thawed


1. Place the water, salt, and sugar into a large sauce pot and bring to a simmer. Dissolve the sugar and salt and then remove from the heat.


2. Pour water mixture into a large 4-5 gallon bucket or large stock pot.


3. Add the black peppercorns, juniper berries, garlic, herbs, and bay leaves. Stir to combine and add the ice to quickly cool the hot brine.


4. Once the mixture is at room temperature, add the turkey. Place a plate over the top of the turkey to weigh it down so that it stays submerged.


5. Place in the refrigerator overnight and cook turkey the next morning. 


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