Kittencal's Brown Sugar Turkey Brine

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"This brine is enough for up to a 20-pound whole turkey and will produce the most juiciest and delicious bird and you will taste only the turkey not any extra herbs or flavorings that are added in to some brines, you may omit the garlic but I strongly suggest to add it, only kosher salt for this! Amounts will yield 33 cups."

Original is 1 serving


  • Serving Size: 1 (8208.4 g)
  • Calories 1203.6
  • Total Fat - 0.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 0.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 113486.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 310.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.1 g
  • Sugars - 300.1 g
  • Protein - 1.9 g
  • Calcium - 379.5 mg
  • Iron - 2.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 4.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a large bucket or container mix together the warm water with brown sugar and salt; stir until no salt and sugar granules remain in the water (make certain to use very warm water so that the salt and sugar will dissolve easily and completely).

Step 2

Add in peppercorns and garlic slices.

Step 3

Cool the water until almost room temperature.

Step 4

Wash the turkey inside and out with cold water, then place in the brine (if the brine does not quite cover the turkey, then place it breast-side up to start, then turn it over after a couple of hours later).

Step 5

Place in refrigerator for 24 hours,.

Step 6

Remove the turkey from the brine and rinse the turkey thoroughly under cold running water.

Step 7

Pat dry and continue with desired turkey recipe.


No special items needed.

4 Reviews


5 star plus. This was the best turkey I have ever cooked. It was so moist and tasty. I will alwas use this recipe and brine any future turkeys. Thanks Kitten for a wonderful Christmas dinner.


review by:
(26 Dec 2013)


My bird was almost 20 pounds and this really added to the moistness and flavor of my turkey. I will do this again next time we have turkey!


review by:
(1 Dec 2012)


I guess I forgot to review this. I used this for my 13 Lb. turkey, for Thanksgiving. It really turned out good. Everyone commented on it, and wanted to know how I fixed it. I had planed on brining it in the fridge drawer, but it wouldn't hold the water, so had a lg. bowl, and just kept turning it. Next year will be more prepaired, as I will be useing this recipe again. Thanks for a great recipe, Kitten


review by:
(30 Nov 2012)


I brined turkey for the first time last year. This recipe is easy, doesn't empty my pantry and doesn't overcome the flavor of the turkey. I've never had a more moist turkey and my family and in-laws attested to this! I made this recipe and brined two 12-lb turkeys. Thanks for making me look like a star, Kittencal!


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(22 Nov 2011)

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