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Best Ever Poultry Brine

  • Author: Jessie


Great for turkeys or chicken, this best ever poultry brine will transform your bird into a magical moist flavor packed dinner!


  • 1 1/2 cups apple juice
  • 16 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 3 cloves peeled and roughly chopped garlic
  • 3/4 cup coarse salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar (affiliate)
  • 2 tablespoons whole peppercorns
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Peel of 2 oranges


  1. Boil all ingredients together until sugar and salt dissolves then allow to cool completely.
  2. Rinse your chicken or turkey then add to a large pot or bucket and pour brine over top.
  3. Cover and let sit in the fridge for 16-24 hours.
  4. When you’re ready to roast the bird, remove from brine and rinse off then allow to set in clean cool water for 10-15 minutes to remove excess salt from skin.
  5. Remove bird from water, pat dry, then proceed to prep for roasting.


*This makes enough brine for a chicken. If you’re making it for a turkey, I recommend doubling it!

Recipe adapted from Ree Drummond

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