Orange Turkey Brine

  • PrepTime: 10 Mins
  • CookTime: 15 Mins
  • TotalTime: 2 Hrs 25 Mins


  1. 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  2. 1 orange, sliced
  3. 1 lemon, sliced
  4. 1 lime, sliced
  5. 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  6. 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  7. 3 cloves garlic
  8. 2 bay leaves
  9. 1 cup kosher salt
  10. 1 ½ gallons water


  1. Combine the orange juice concentrate, orange slices, lemon slices, lime slices, thyme, pepper, garlic, bay leaves, salt, and water in a large stockpot; bring to a boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  2. Wash and dry your turkey. Make sure you have removed the innards. Place the turkey, breast down, into the brine. Make sure that the cavity gets filled. Place the bucket in the refrigerator. Allow turkey to marinate 1 to 2 days before cooking. Remove the turkey carefully. Drain and discard the excess brine and pat dry.
  3. Cook the turkey as desired reserving the drippings for gravy. Keep in mind that brined turkeys cook 20 to 30 minutes faster.
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