I will admit I am new to the entire brining your turkey. I don’t think my parents ever did when I was younger so I never really knew much about it. What I have been missing out on!! I have brined several turkeys lately and they are seriously more flavorful and the juiciest turkey you will ever have. I have decide that my favorite brine so far is the Apple Brine.
I have learned a few different things along the way about brining. It’s a simple process of marinating meat in a salt mixture. But you can add spices and herbs to help give other amazing flavors to the meat.
I love the Apple Brine because I already have everything in my house and its easy to do. And since we like to smoke our turkeys it was the perfect flavor combo for us.
In my house we usually just cook a turkey breast since no one here really likes dark meat, but this recipe will work just fine for a full turkey.
Make sure your turkey is no longer frozen, wash and rinse the inside and remove giblets and gravy packet if included (I always make my husband do this part)
Place turkey off to the side. In a large clean bucket or big stock pan. Add about 2 cups ice, 3 cups apple juice, 1 cup salt, 3-5 bay leaves
Add turkey, if you are using a bag make sure you have breast side down .
Fill with water all the way to the top. Place in fridge for 12-24 hours. We usually do 24 hours
See I told you it was super easy to brine a turkey! You will get the biggest compliments on your turkey this Thanksgiving!
- 1 turkey, thawed and rinsed
- 2 cups ice
- 3 cups Apple Juice
- 1 cup salt (I used sea salt or Kosher salt)
- 3-5 bay leaves
- Have turkey thawed and rinsed
- In a big stock pot add ice, apple juice, salt and bay leaves
- Add turkey on top of ice
- Fill all the way to top with water
- Refridgerate for 12-24 hours
- Pat dry and season and cook to your liking