Best Turkey Brine Recipe
Recipe type: Best Turkey Brine Recipe
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  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorn or black pepper
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 - 6 cloves of garlic (or 3 tablespoons)
  • 6 cups of water
  • ½ cup of light brown sugar (packed) or regular sugar
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon McCormicks Grill Mates Montreal Steak seasoning (LOVE THIS STUFF) or any of your other favorite seasonings that work well with Turkey
  1. Peel the rosemary off of the steam and dice a few of them to get the oils from the leaves.
  2. Add all the ingredients to a large sauce pan and bring it to a boil. This allows all the sugars and salts to combine and dissolve.
  3. Allow it to cool.
  4. Add the defrosted turkey to a large poultry bag or cooler (like I did) and add the cooled turkey brine mixture.
  5. Add a bag of ice over the turkey to allow it to stay cool for the next 12+ hours. Or put your poultry bag in the refrigerator if you have room.
  6. For each pound of meat you should refrigerate it for one hour. For example, if you have a 12 lb turkey, you need to refrigerate this for 12 hours. Add ice to the cooler if needed.
  7. Remove the turkey from the brine recipe and bake it as directed on the package.
Recipe by Sweet and Simple Living at