Wednesday, May 4, 2011

How to Cook Smoked Turkey Brine

This turkey brine recipe makes enough for a whole turkey and will add flavor and give you a juicier and more tender bird.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Makes 1 gallon of brine


  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 cup salt (1 1/2 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 6 fresh tarragon leaves or 1/4 cup dried tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


The water you use should not be chlorinated. If you don't have easy access to good spring water. Boil it first, let the water cool and then add all other ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Place Turkey in large non-metallic dish and cover completely with brine. Let sit in refrigerator for 1 hour per pound. Remove Turkey from Brine, rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Coat with olive oil. Place in Smoker.

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