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Brined Turkey

Brined Turkey


For brine:
1 turkey (25 lbs. or under)*
1 pouch The Spice Hunter Original Turkey Brine or The Spice Hunter Lemon, Garlic & Herb Turkey Brine
2 gallons water

For roasting:
1 medium red onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 medium celery rib, chopped
6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature


Add 2 cups of Turkey Brine to one gallon of boiling water. Cool thoroughly and refrigerate until chilled. Place thawed turkey, brining mix and an additional gallon of water into a large container or bag so that the turkey is completely submerged. Keep refrigerated or on ice for 12-24 hours. Before roasting, rinse with cold water and pat dry. Preheat oven to 450°F. Place turkey on rack in large roasting pan. Place cut vegetables inside turkey cavity. Rub butter over turkey. Place turkey in oven and cook for about 20-30 minutes or until golden brown as desired. Tent turkey with foil and reduce temperature to 350°F. Roast turkey until thermometer inserted into thickest part of the breast registers 165°F, about 2 ½ to 3 hours more. Transfer turkey to platter; leaving foil in place and let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before carving.

*Although it is not recommended, if using a turkey that has been injected or enhanced with flavor/salt solutions, do not brine for longer than 12 hours.

Garnish suggestions: roasted onions, roasted red potatoes and/or green beans.


  1. Dorthell November 26, 2016

    This brine is out of this world. The best tasting, moistest turkey I have ever cooked! The only difference is I cooked mine in a turkey roaster.

  2. Connie Dorney November 27, 2016

    We have been brining turkeys for years. We have always created our own brine, a different one every year. We have had good one and ok ones. This year we decided to try this and EVERYONE loved it!!!!! Went to buy a couple more jars so I had them. Got the last one on the self. Will be looking to buy more than one next year when they become available again!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best ever turkey!!!!!!!!!

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