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Jeff Katz's World Famous Turkey Brine

Jeff Katz
November 25, 2019 - 2:23 pm

Every year, you ask for it, so here it is! The recipe for Jeff Katz's world famous turkey brine that is sure to make your bird taste even better this Thanksgiving!

Jeff's world famous turkey brine recipe:

2 cups of Kosher salt
2 cups of dark brown sugar
2 cups of apple cider
2 cups of orange juice
2 gallons of cold water
6 cloves of garlic (minced)
Rind of two oranges
Two oranges chunked
6 whole bay leaves
2 tablespoons of rosemary
2 tablespoons of peppercorns (ideally black, white and red)
2 tablespoons of whole cloves

Combine all of the ingredients in a large stock pot, boil until sugar and salt dissolve completely. Turn off the heat and let cool.

Pour the entire mixture over your turkey. Make sure that the turkey is breast down. After the bird has been in the brine breast side down for 18 hours, turn the the turkey over (breast side up). I always place the turkey in a large heavy duty trash bag and then in to a cooler or something similar in the fridge.

Once the turkey has been brined for 24 hours, remove from the brine, discard all of the liquid, wash the turkey thoroughly (inside and out), dry thoroughly and bake/roast according to your favorite method.

For extra moisture and juiciness, I always combine a pound of melted butter with a cup of apple cider and a cup of orange juice then inject the mixture in to the turkey with a food syringe.​