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Turkey Brine

Brining your turkey before cooking it is an excellent way to ensure super moist and flavorful meat.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Cooling time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Thanksgiving, turkey


  • Large container or stock pot


  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 gallon water heavily iced
  • 1 c kosher salt
  • 1 c light brown sugar
  • ½ c honey
  • 6 garlic cloves roughly chopped or smashed
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 Tb whole peppercorns
  • 3 Tb creole seasoning


  • In a large pot, bring 1 gallon of water to a boil.
  • Add the salt, brown sugar, honey, garlic, onion, peppercorns, creole seasoning, and bay leaves and stir until the salt and sugars have fully dissolved into the water. Remove from heat.
  • Add one gallon of heavily iced water to the pot to begin cooling everything down.
  • Transfer the pot to the refrigerator until it has reached a safe temperature of no more than 40°.
  • Select a container that can accommodate your turkey and pour the brine over top until the entire turkey is entirely submerged.
  • Place the container in the refrigerator or a cooler with ice for at least 24-48 hours before smoking it.



This 34 quart stock pot would provide ample room to brine your turkey.