Easy Brine Recipes…Give that turkey some flavor!

As we’re coming up on Thanksgiving next week, I thought I’d repost this article on brine recipes. If you’ve never brined your turkey, you may want to give it a try this year. Brining adds boat loads of flavor and creates a nice juicy turkey.

Brine, baby, brine! Ya gotta brine that poultry to really give it the super flavor.Guy Fieri

As promised, I’ve gathered together some easy brine recipes to help you give that poultry some flavor. What is brining? It’s a type of marinating, which basically consists of water and salt. Of course, if you really want to add great flavor, you get a bit more creative than that, such as the recipes below! Many people (myself included) have tried brining at Thanksgiving and a few of the recipes are meant for turkey brining. However, brining isn’t just for Thanksgiving. If you plan ahead a bit, brining can be a regular part of your poultry recipes. ENJOY!

Basic All Purpose Brine

From: Food.com

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  • 1tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 2sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 -6cloves garlic, sliced
  • 4cups water
  • 12cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 12cup kosher salt


From: Real Simple

For the complete recipe (and 5 others) follow the link above.


  • 2 ¾ cups water
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • ¼ cup salt
  • 3 tablespoons sorghum molasses, Steen’s Pure Cane Syrup, or unsulfured molasses
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups ice cubes


From: Betty Crocker

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  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup kosher (coarse) salt
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cans or bottles (12 oz each) beer or nonalcoholic beer, chilled
  • 1 whole chicken (3 to 3 1/2 lb)


  • 3 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • f1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil



From: Washington Post

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  • 8 cups unsweetened apple cider or juice
  • 2/3 cup kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 6 quarter-size slices unpeeled fresh ginger roots
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed
  • 2 teaspoons whole allspice berries, crushed
  • 6 cups ice-cold water
  • 1 thawed turkey (10 to 25 pounds)
  • 2 oranges, quartered
  • 2 turkey-size plastic oven bags


From: Bobbi’s Kozi Kitchen

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  • 1 quart vegetable stock
  • 1 1/2 cups kosher salt
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1 bottle 750 ml Pinot Grigio (I used Gallo Family Vineyards)
  • 2 large shallots, thinly sliced
  • 8 garlic cloves, crushed but left in the skins
  • 1 bunch (a good handful) fresh thyme
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • Cold water (enough to cover turkey)
  • 16 pound turkey (giblet package and neck removed)


From: St. Louis Dispatch

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  • 2 (12-ounce) cans root beer
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (1 pound) pork tenderloins
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Well, there you have it. Get creative with your brines. Have you’ve tried brining. Did you like it? LET US KNOW…WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT!

God Bless, Namaste!

#sharethejoy #onesong


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