The BEST Citrus Turkey Brine Recipe


– 4 cup (1 quart) orange juice – 1 cup kosher salt – 1/2 cup brown sugar – 2 tablespoons whole peppercorns – 2 tablespoons ground sage – 3-4 fresh rosemary sprigs – 1 tablespoon whole cloves – 3-4 whole cinnamon sticks – 2-3 star anise pods – 3 cloves garlic, minced – 2 medium oranges, sliced – 1 gallon water


Step 1: Add ingredients to stock pot

To a large stock pot or Dutch oven, add all of the ingredients; orange juice, salt, sugar, peppercorns, sage, rosemary, cloves, cinnamon sticks, star anise pods, garlic, orange slices and water.

Step 2: Bring brine to simmer

Heat over medium heat, stirring well to help the salt and sugar dissolve well into the liquid. Bring the brine to a boil, then promptly remove from heat. Let the brine cool completely to room temperature.

Step 3: Add cooled brine to turkey

Place thawed turkey (breast side down) into a brining bag, removing any giblets and neck from inner cavity. Pour the cooled brine over the top of the turkey, including all ingredients that were cooked in the brine (herbs, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, ect.)

Step 4: Brine turkey overnight

Seal the brining bag and secure with clips if necessary. Refrigerate the brined turkey for 18-24 hours.

This brine adds amazing flavor to your turkey!

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