Easy Recipe For Turkey Brine

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slow cooker with stuffing around turkey breast that has been brined

Simple Turkey Brine Recipe

Have you considered a brined turkey for the holidays? For years we had not done this. It is more steps and it makes a flavorful turkey that is juicy and delicious. And then one year we made a brined turkey. It was even better and worth it for our family use this recipe for turkey brine.

We have used this wet brine for turkey breasts and have used it on an entire turkey. You can use this same recipe, just additional water around the entire turkey while it was in the brine and less for the turkey breast. Use an appropriate size pot to submerge they turkey completely.

best turkey brine recipe that is easy pouring salt into wet brine

Easy Recipe For Brine Turkey

For this recipe you will need:

  • hot water
  • cold water
  • canning salt (can use coarse kosher salt)
  • sugar
  • bay leaves
turkey brine in large glass measuring cup

Do You Leave The Brine On The Turkey To Bake?

The brine is washed off the turkey after leaving it soak for 12-24 hours. You will want to carefully wash the salt off the turkey. Clean up all surfaces the turkey has touched as well for sanitary reasons.

turkey brine recipe with bay leaves in large measuring cup with canning salt

How Do You Brine A Turkey?

Mix water, sugar, and salt to create the brine. Submerge the turkey in the brine for a minimum of 12 hours; overnight works best. Take the turkey out of the brine, wash it, and proceed to bake it as usual.

What Spices Do People Use In A Brine?

This turkey brine recipe uses bay leaves in the brine. Once the brining process is done, we use fresh rosemary (or jarred) on the outside of the turkey (that has a little butter rubbed on it).

pouring wet brine on turkey in a large pot

Do You Brine A Frozen Turkey?

Start the turkey-brining process with a thawed, raw turkey. Ensure that your turkey has thawed before beginning the brining process.

large pot covered in fridge with turkey inside

How Long Does The Turkey Stay In The Brine?

The turkey brining process takes 12 to 24 hours. Follow the turkey brine recipe below for a delicious turkey for your Thanksgiving turkey.

turkey breast after in brine for 24 hours in large pot

Make The Best Turkey Brine Recipe

When you want to take your baked turkey to the next level, consider a turkey brine recipe. A brined turkey will make a flavorful turkey. And if you can brine a turkey overnight, the better flavor your turkey will have. To save on mess, use a brining bag. As you find what you like and don’t like, experiment with additional flavors like apple cider, apple juice or brown sugar in your brine. Your Thanksgiving turkey will be amazing when you brine at least 24 hours before you cook your turkey. And when you are done with brining your turkey, you are half way to making a delicious smoked turkey.

pouring wet brine on turkey in a large pot
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Delicious Flavor-Infused Turkey: Turkey Brine

Elevate your holiday feast with our Easy Turkey Brine Recipe! 🌿🍗 Say goodbye to dry turkey and hello to flavor-packed perfection. Our simple and fuss-free brine is a game-changer for your Thanksgiving centerpiece.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Regina Sober


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup canning salt can use course salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 4+ cup water to cover the turkey


  • In a large pitcher or bowl add 4 cups hot water and mix in sugar and salt.
  • Stir until the sugar and salt dissolve.
  • Add 4 cups cold water and mix.
  • Add the turkey into a large pot and pour the bring over the turkey/turkey breasts.
  • Add the bay leaves.
  • Fill the pot covering over the turkey. You may need to put a bowl in the pot to keep the turkey from floating to the top.
  • Place in the fridge to keep cool for 12 – 24 hours.
  • .When done, drain the pot and wash off the salt brine from the turkey.
  • Pat down the turkey and then add your seasoning to cook the turkey.


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Elevate your holiday feast with our Easy Turkey Brine Recipe! Our simple and fuss-free brine is a game-changer for turkey dinner.

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