Brined Holiday Turkey

This was by far, the best holiday turkey I’ve made to date.  The brining process guarantees a tender, flavorful turkey.  You will not believe the difference!  After brining, I follow my “regular” turkey recipe from my book.


  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 1 orange, cut into wedges
  • 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • cold water to completely cover turkey



  1. Place salt, lemons, oranges, onion, garlic, bay leaves, thyme and pepper into a large pot. Place the turkey in the pot, and fill with water and two large bowls of ice. Refrigerate overnight. Discard brine after removing turkey.
  2. Proceed with your normal turkey preparation process (you will not need much salt because the turkey will already be salty from the brine)

Here was the final result, golden, moist, and delicious!

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