Terrific Turkey Brine


"I came up with this recipe after trying several brines and taking the best from them all. Try it and taste the difference. It makes enough for a 9 to 12 pound turkey."


15 m servings
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Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Line a large stockpot with a large food safe bag. Pour the water, wine, and salt into the bag; stir until the salt is completely dissolved. Squeeze the orange quarters into the liquid and then drop them into the pot. Add the rosemary and give a final stir.
  2. To use, carefully lower a thawed turkey into the brine and tie the bag to seal; store in refrigerator at least 5 hours before cooking.
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  1. 8 Ratings


I think it is important to use KOSHER salt on this one

This recipe is the best, I have never cooked a more tender and juicy turkey in all my years cooking. Great!

This was the best turkey I've ever made! It was moist for the entire week of leftovers. I did a 16 pounder and it was plenty. After taking it out of the brine, drying it and letting it come t...

This was awesome! Next time I will reduce the salt just a little, but I am really looking forward to using this brine again! I liked that it didn't need a super long time to brine, too. I hav...

Put a 20# Turkey in a large bag and covered turkey with Terrific Turkey Brine. I added 1 sliced apple and 1 sliced orange to brine.Sealed bag Put bag in ice cooler and covered with ice I left ...

For years my mom has been plagued with dry turkey so finally this year I talked her into brining the turkey. We used this recipe with a 10 lbs turkey and had amazing results! We used kosher sa...