Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Festive Thanksgiving turkey brine recipe

This festive brine recipe is based on Ree Drummond's "My Favorite Turkey Brine" recipe from the Food Network website, with a few of Chef Aimee's twists thrown in.


  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 2 cups apple cider 
  • 3 tablespoons tricolor peppercorns 
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 3 whole bay leaves 
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves stripped off
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme, leaves stripped off
  • juice and peels from 3 oranges
  • 2 cups brown sugar 
  • 1 cup kosher salt 


Combine all ingredients except sugar and salt in a large pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in sugar and salt until dissolved. Allow to cool completely before submerging turkey. Add additional cold water, if needed, so turkey is completely covered with brine. Cover and allow turkey to brine for at least 12 hours in the refrigerator before cooking.

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