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Holiday Turkey Brine

Thanksgiving is all about the turkey, and there's no better way to guarantee a delicious bird than by using this Holiday Turkey Brine Recipe. This brine is packed with flavor, thanks to apple cider, brown sugar, zesty oranges, garlic, onion, and fresh rosemary. Plus, the scent of this brine will have your whole house smell like Thanksgiving.
Holiday Turkey Brine Recipe | SideChef
Thanksgiving is all about the turkey, and there's no better way to guarantee a delicious bird than by using this Holiday Turkey Brine Recipe. This brine is packed with flavor, thanks to apple cider, brown sugar, zesty oranges, garlic, onion, and fresh rosemary. Plus, the scent of this brine will have your whole house smell like Thanksgiving.
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25min
Total Time
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Cost Per Serving

Ingredients

Servings
16
US / METRIC
3 cups
Apple Cider
1 cup
Ginger Ale
32 cups
Water
1
Large Onion
1 1/2 cups
5 cloves
Garlic , minced
2 cups
Brown Sugar
3 Tbsp
Peppercorns
3
Oranges , peeled
peels only
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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
146
FAT
0.1 g
PROTEIN
0.4 g
CARBS
38.0 g

Author's Notes

Yields 18 servings.

Make sure to use a turkey that hasn’t been pre-brined, otherwise, your bird will turn out too salty. Pre-brined turkeys are usually labeled “enhanced”, “kosher”, “self-basting”, or “basted”.

If you plan to roast a smaller turkey (10-14 pounds) you can half this brine recipe.

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
In a large pot, combine Apple Cider (3 cups) , Ginger Ale (1 cup) , Onion (1) , Garlic (5 cloves) , Kosher Salt (1 1/2 cups) , Brown Sugar (2 cups) , Peppercorns (3 Tbsp) , Fresh Rosemary (4 sprigs) , Bay Leaves (5) , Orange Peels (3) , and Water (32 cups) .
Step 2
Bring the mixture to a boil and stir until brown sugar and salt dissolve completely. Turn off the heat, cover, and chill completely.
Step 3
Place your turkey in a large pot or a brining bag and pour in the holiday turkey brine. Make sure the bird is completely submerged.
Leave the turkey to brine in the fridge for 12 to 24 hours.
Step 4
When ready for roasting, rinse the turkey and leave it in cold water for 15 minutes.
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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
146
% Daily Value*
Fat
0.1 g
0%
Saturated Fat
0.0 g
0%
Trans Fat
0.0 g
--
Cholesterol
0.0 mg
0%
Carbohydrates
38.0 g
14%
Fiber
0.8 g
3%
Sugars
35.7 g
--
Protein
0.4 g
1%
Sodium
11264.8 mg
490%
Vitamin D
--
--
Calcium
63.0 mg
5%
Iron
0.2 mg
1%
Potassium
108.2 mg
2%
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