Brining the Turkey

I had brined turkey for the first time at my mom's house when we had our early Thanksgiving dinner. It was fabulous. Best turkey I have ever eaten! It is not a hard process and totally worth it!
Here are the instructions;

1 gallon hot water
1 pound kosher salt
2 quarts vegetable broth
1 pound honey
1 (7-pound) bag of ice
1 (15 to 20-pound) turkey, with giblets removed
Vegetable oil, for rubbing turkey
Combine the hot water and the salt in a 54-quart cooler. Stir until the salt dissolves. Stir in the vegetable broth and the honey. Add the ice and stir. Place the turkey in the brine, breast side up, and cover with cooler lid.. Brine overnight, up to 12 hours.

Remove the turkey from the brine and dry thoroughly. Rub the bird thoroughly with the vegetable oil.

My mom cooked the turkey in an oven bag after brining it. That part is up to you. My grandparents stopped by unexpectedly and our turkey ended up over cooking a bit. I was afraid it was going to be dry. I couldn't tell at all!! I will definitely be doing our turkey this way.


  1. Awesome! Thanks! I was just thinking about trying to look up how to do this.

  2. I agree -- it makes for a very moist bird! I usually add a tablespoon of peppercorns and use brown sugar instead of honey, but it's basically the same idea. :)