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Easy Turkey Brine

Here's the deal, if you've never used a brined turkey for your Thanksgiving feast... you're missing out. Here's a step by step guide for an Easy Turkey Brine to get the most delicious juicy turkey you'll ever eat! 
Prep Time5 mins
2 d
Total Time2 d 5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brine a turkey, how to brine a turkey, recipe to brine a turkey, why do I need to brine a turkey, does brining a turkey really help, is it worth it to brine a turkey,
Servings: 10 people
Author: Gaby Dalkin


  • 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.