Apple Cider Brined Turkey

Introduction: Apple Cider Brined Turkey

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This is a simple brine recipe that will leave your turkey tender, moist and flavorful. I will post the final picture of the final product tomorrow.


  • 16 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup whole allspice
  • 5 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • Sliced orange
  • 2 cups broth
  • 1/2-1 chopped onion
  • Fresh sage and thyme
  • 20-pound turkey

Step 1: Make Brine

  • Bring 4 cups of the apple cider, dry ingredients and vinegar to a boil and then add the let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add chicken broth and the rest of the cider.
  • Add cold water, or ice if you want to cool the mixture quickly. Let cool completely.

Step 2: Brine Turkey

  • Clean turkey (remove giblets, trim fat, etc.) and rinse.
  • Place turkey in brine, breast side down.
    • If you have a big enough pot, your could put the brine and turkey in the fridge.
    • I have also poured brine into heavy duty bags with the turkey and put it in the fridge in a roasting pan (or fridge drawer).
    • My favorite way to brine a turkey is to use the bag method, but then put the bag in a cooler, with ice over the top. I use a turkey bag, and then place the whole thing in a garbage bag in case their is spillage.
  • Leave in brine overnight (at least). If you have time, it is suggested that your brine a turkey 1 hour for every pound.
  • Drain turkey from brine and then rinse off (this is important, or the turkey will be too salty)
  • Season and cook the turkey.

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