Salty and Sweet Cranberry Citrus Brine

Salty and Sweet Cranberry Citrus Brine

Simply Whimsy 0

"Most everyone loves the taste of a salty sweet flavor. I have been using brine for years when making my turkey and chicken. I've tried this one or that one, but finally settled on taking the best elements of my 3 favorite ones to create my own with all the wonderful flavors of Thanksgiving."


10 m servings
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  1. In a large stockpot, mix together the kosher salt, orange juice concentrate, cranberry juice concentrate, water, brown sugar, cinnamon stick, lemon wedges, orange wedges, onion wedges, garlic cloves, bay leaves, thyme, and black pepper; stir until the salt and brown sugar have dissolved. To use, place a whole turkey into the brine, cover, and refrigerate 14 to 16 hours before roasting. Discard used brine.


  • Cook's Note
  • Before roasting, stuff the brined turkey with a smashed garlic clove and 2 lemons, 2 oranges, and 2 red onions, all cut into wedges. For juicier turkey meat, roast breast side down.
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  1. 8 Ratings


I'm truly not sure how to rate this recipe. I'll start by saying that the turkey tasted great but I didn't really taste the flavors from the brine and the ingredients are too expensive to waste ...

This was my first try at brining a turkey and I researched it for hours! This brine was something a little different and it turned out great. We have a new tradition for turkey!

I've never had my turkey get stained...Only thing I have ever had was praise for how good, tasty, and moist it is.

I made it for a work potluck and I am being asked for the recepie! It was a hit! It had alot of flavor. I was afraid to try something different, but now I am glad I did.

This year was my first time brining my meat. I used this as the base brine on my Christmas cornish hens. I added a few other spices, a little smoked paprika and red pepper for a kick. The hens b...

I use this with Turkey breast and then I smoke them. Great!

I used this for Christmas dinner. I used some cranberry apple cider, too. I then made a cranberry injectate to add some more citrus flavor. I used my ninja and ground up fresh cranberries, 2 ...

#1 Bring stock pot to a boil then let cool to help infuse the flavors. #2 debone Turkey with the exception leg's. thigh's and wing's this will expose more of the breast to the brine. #3 Layou...