Apple Turkey Brine

Apple Turkey Brine

In this turkey brine recipe, apple juice provides natural sweetness, making a tender and delicious bird to grace your holiday table.
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  • Serves: 1 person



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    In a large pot, combine the salt, sugar, and 1 quart of water. Bring it to a simmer, stirring until the salt and sugar have completely dissolved.
  3. Step 3

    Remove the pot from the heat and add the cloves, cinnamon stick, peppercorns, and orange zest. Allow it to cool completely, for 30 to 40 minutes.
  4. Step 4

    Add the cold apple juice and the remaining 1 quart of water, which should also be cold. Refrigerate until the brine is chilled.
  5. Step 5

    Place the poultry in a large plastic container or brining bag. Pour the brine over the top. Brine the poultry in the refrigerator for 1 hour per pound. For example, a 12-pound turkey should brine for 12 hours while a 20-pound turkey should brine for 20 hours.
  6. Step 6

    Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey before cooking. This is vital to prevent the turkey from tasting excessively salty.
  7. Step 7

    Season and cook the bird as planned. It can be coated with a dry rub , butter, or injected with marinade and then roasted, smoked, grilled, or deep-fried.
  8. Step 8