Easy Brined Turkey
Try brining your turkey this Thanksgiving for a deliciously moist and flavorful bird.
  • Makes: Depends on size of bird, but aim for 2 pounds per person
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes to prepare, 12 hours to brine
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes per pound (for an unstuffed bird)
  • Difficulty Rating: Intermediate

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  • Recipe From: Tennessee Home & Farm


  1. At least 12 hours before roasting, combine all basting ingredients in chosen container. Stir until salt and sugar are dissolved.
  2. Rinse the turkey well. Set aside the neck and innards for gravy.
  3. Immerse the bird in the brine and cover with plastic wrap or foil. If part of the bird is not covered in liquid, it will be fine. If desired, however, you can double the brine recipe and cover more completely. Refrigerate the turkey.
  4. Turn the bird several times (about every 6 to 8 hours) to brine evenly. Remove from brine, rinse thoroughly and roast at 325 degrees for 20 minutes per pound.



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