Brine a Delicious Thanksgiving Turkey

Delicious and Juicy Turkey Brining

Nothing beats a delicious, juicy turkey for Thanksgiving dinner

Thanksgiving is a tradition that’s New England to its bones. What better way to celebrate than with a deliciously seasoned turkey with your friends and family? The absolute best way to make a turkey that will be talked about at family events for years is to treat it right

Brine time: 18-72 hours

Yields: 1 well-brined turkey


  • 1 fresh young, plump turkey (18-22lbs)
  • 2 gallons cold water
  • 1-1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1 gallon vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons allspice berries
  • 1 -1/2 teaspoons chopped candied ginger
  • 1 gallon heavily iced water
  • 1 orange, cut
  • 5 whole bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • peel of 3 large oranges
  • 2 cups brown sugar

brining ingredients


1. Grab the largest stock pot you have. If it’s enough to fit the turkey, awesome! If it’s not, don’t worry, we’ll have you find a bucket later. Combine your water, vegetable stock, salt, brown sugar, peppercorns, allspice berries, candied ginger, brown sugar, orange peels, bay leaves, and rosemary in the stock pot on medium-high heat. Stir occasionally to dissolve the solids and let it works its way up to a boil. Once boiling remove it from heat and let it cool to room temperature, then finally refrigerate it for several hours.

brining ingredients in stockpot2. You will want to put the turkey in the brine for 24 hours before cooking. You can do more or less, but a full day gives the flavor a chance to permeate every part of the bird. If your stockpot is big enough to handle the entire turkey, go ahead and throw it in there and cover the top with a the lid. If it’s not, get a large bucket (such as a Koopman Lumber bucket) and combine everything in the bucket.

3.If your bird doesn’t submerge completely (which it likely won’t) make sure you turn it over halfway through the brining process.

4. Stick the bird someplace cool, like the garage or porch. Make sure you cover the bird and somewhere animals won’t get at it!

5. Wait 24 hours

6. Roast, fry, or smoke that turkey and get ready for some of the best Thanksgiving dinner you’ve ever had!

“There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.” — O. Henry

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