Listen up!!! We need to get into this recipe for an Easy Turkey Brine so we’re ready to go for Thanksgiving this year! Brining your turkey is the most important prep step ever!
Who here has brined a turkey before?! If you haven’t, prepare for your life to change. It’s everything and this year’s recipe is beyond. It’s loaded with all sorts of aromatics that will infuse the bird with even more flavor. Just a few tips and tricks needed to get this process started!
1 – make sure your bird is thawed before you start.
2- Grab a large vessel that will fit the liquid brine mixture and the bird AND that fits into your fridge. If you have an extra fridge in your garage, that’s the perfect place to store this as it won’t be in your way when you’re stocking your fridge with the rest of the Thanksgiving ingredients.
3 – Let it brine for about 12 – 24 hours at least! The longer it sits in the brine the more flavor so I opt for 48 hours if I can afford the refrigerator space that long!!!
Get ready guys… THANKSGIVING this year is going to be insane.
- 16 cups water, divided
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon dried red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon dried sage
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
- 2 heads garlic, sliced in half
- 14 to 18-pound turkey, cleaned, innards removed
- Combine 8 cups of the water, salt, dark brown sugar, red pepper flakes, sage, thyme and garlic in a large pot and place over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes until everything is evenly combined and the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Stir in remaining water and cool completely.
- Pour the brine into a container just large enough to hold the turkey comfortably. Add the turkey; adding more water if needed to cover the bird entirely. Turn bird a few times and then leave breast-side down in the water. Chill for at least 8 hours, and up to 48 hours. Remove bird from brine, discard brine and roast as needed.
I am so excited you are making one of my recipes and I would love to see how it turns out. Make sure to share it on instagram and tag me @whatsgabycookin so I can see your masterpiece!