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Dry and Wet Brine Recipe

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Brining Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 10 minutes
Yield 12 –14 pound turkey
Category Brine
Cuisine American


Our go-to recipes for dry brining and wet brining. Feel free to play around with the flavors you add!


Dry Brine

  • cup Morton kosher salt
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced herbs such as rosemary, thyme or sage

Wet Brine

  • 2 gallons cold water
  • 1 cup Morton kosher salt
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans frozen orange juice or apple juice concentrate
  • 2 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 2 dried bay leaves


Dry Brine

  • Combine salt, sugar, pepper, 2 tablespoons thyme, 1 tablespoon rosemary .
  • Rub dry rub all over turkey skin. Place on wire rack. Transfer to refrigerator for 18–24 hours.

Wet Brine

  • In a large container whisk together water, salt, orange juice concentrate, peppercorns, and bay leaves.
  • Submerge turkey in brine, cover, and refrigerate for 8–24 hours.


We do not recommend brining a turkey for more than 24 hours. Another over 24 hours and the salt water solution will actually change the texture of the meat and make it either tough or mealy. 


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