Marinade Monday: Turkey Brine

by Kevin on February 25, 2013 · 3 comments

Marinade Monday

Nearly every time I light my grill or smoker, I’ve already brined or marinated meat in some way.  In reviewing the site, I realized I haven’t necessarily shared all of these recipes individually for your easy reference.  Well, we’re going to remedy that right now.  Starting today I’ll be sharing marinades every Monday for your reference…and recipe box.

I figured I would start out with one of the basics, one that I used at Thanksgiving for smoked whole turkey.  Simple turkey brine.

Different than Chicken Brine, the goal is to bring out those traditional turkey flavors.

Marinade Monday: Turkey Brine

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Brine for one turkey

Marinade Monday:  Turkey Brine


  • 1/2 gallon water, separated
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup Salt
  • 1 tbs Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp Sage
  • 1 tsp Thyme


  1. Combine all ingredients in pot with 4 cups water and bring to boil. Let this cool to room temperature then dump into large container or oven bag.
  2. Add remaining water to equal 1/2 gallon.
  3. Place turkey in brine.
  4. Refrigerate turkey in brine for one hour per each pound.
  5. Remove turkey from brine and rinse thoroughly with water.

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Glen September 4, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Is there some reason you have butter, oil, garlic, ginger, rub mix, brown sugar, onion, lemon, parsley, and some black liquid in the picture but not in the recipe?


Kevin September 4, 2014 at 1:18 pm

Glen – that’s just our generic Marinade picture we used at the top of every marinade/brine recipe. We did a weekly feature called Marinade Monday and that was the pic we used.


Glen September 4, 2014 at 2:11 pm

Cool. Great, straightforward recipes on your site btw!


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