Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 12 to 14 lb. turkey (not pre-basted or kosher) -

  2. 1 cup sugar -

  3. 1 1/2 cups kosher salt -

  4. 2 bay leaves, broken into pieces -

  5. 1/3 cup fresh chopped thyme -

  6. 1 head of garlic, peel and separate cloves -

  7. 4 juniper berries, smashed -

  8. 4 allspice berries, whole

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Combine the sugar, salt and 4 quarts of water in a large bowl and stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Add the remaining ingredients. Place the turkey in the stockpot and add the brining solution. Add enough cold water to the stockpot so that the turkey is completely submerged. Cover the container and place in the refrigerator or another cold storage area. Allow the turkey to stand in the brining solution for about 10 to 12 hours. After the required soaking time, remove it from the container and thoroughly rinse under cold water. The brining solution should be discarded because it cannot be reused. The turkey can be cooked using several cooking methods, such as roasting, grilling and deep frying.


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