SloppyJoe's Holiday Turkey Brine

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"A holiday favorite adapted from another recipe. This brine will create the juiciest bird you've ever eaten and will provide tons of rich, flavorful gravy. I never have enough room in my fridge to prepare the bird so I'm including instructions on how I brine the bird overnight by using a bucket and a cooler. Prep Time and Cook Time are estimated and do not include the overnight soak."

Original recipe yields 12 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (657.7 g)
  • Calories 804.9
  • Total Fat - 16.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 4 g
  • Cholesterol - 379.9 mg
  • Sodium - 7903.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 29.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.8 g
  • Sugars - 3.3 g
  • Protein - 130.5 g
  • Calcium - 88.2 mg
  • Iron - 6.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.4 mg

Step 1

Sanitize the five gallon bucket by washing and rinsing thoroughly.

Step 2

In a large pot, bring apple juice, brown sugar and kosher salt to a boil. Skim off any foam and let cool completely.

Step 3

Dump some ice in the bottom of the cooler, stand the bucket in the cooler and pack any open spaces with remaining ice.

Step 4

Dump apple juice mixture in bucket and stir in remaining ingredients except brick and turkey.

Step 5

Carefully place turkey in bucket and keep oranges from touching the presentation/breast side of skin as the citrus acid will

Tips & Variations

  • 1 five gallon bucket
  • 1 cooler
  • 1 brick or weight (I use a landscape stone sealed in two zipper bags)