Sweet and Savory Turkey Brine

Brining the Turkey, Flickr CC 2.0
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: Makes about 1 gallon of brine

Half of this brine starts with vegetable stock to give it a quick and easy way of adding flavor to your turkey. Add to this a good dose of herbs and sweet and you have a great turkey brine.

What You'll Need

  • 2 quarts/1.9 liters vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL salt (3/4 cup/180 mL Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup/60 mL honey
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL dried thyme
  • 2 quarts/1.9 liters cold water

How to Make It

In a large pot combine vegetable stock, salt, brown sugar, honey, and herbs over a medium heat. Simmer for about 15 minutes until the salt, sugar, and honey are completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add cold water. Place turkey in a large plastic container. Pour brine over top, cover and refrigerate. Brine for 1 hour per pound. Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey before cooking.

Otherwise, there will be a salty flavor to the turkey. For a more detailed explanation, see my article on brining a turkey.