3 c. apple juice or apple cider
2 gallons cold water
4 tbsp. fresh rosemary leaves
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 c. kosher salt
2 c. brown sugar
3 tbsp. peppercorns
5 whole bay leaves
Peel of three large oranges
Best Turkey Brine Recipe step by step
Combine all the ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil, stirring until the salt and sugar dissolve. Turn off heat, cover and allow the brine to cool completely.
And orange peel.And the forgotten garlic.
Now, bring the mixture to a boil, then immediately turn off the heat and cover the pot. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature; feel free to stick it in the fridge or freezer halfway through the cooling down process
Here’s the turkey inside the brining bag.
Once the brine solution is cooled, pour it over the turkey.
Now you’ll just need to seal up the bag and refrigerate it for at least sixteen hours
Place the turkey, breast side down, in the bag, but 2/3 of the way through the brining, flip the turkey in the bag to make sure it brines evenly. Just pretend you’re an obstetrician and you’re trying to get a breach baby to flip!
Remove the turkey from the water, pat dry, and cook according to your normal roasting method.