Turkey with Homemade Brine

Roast Turkey with Homemade Brine

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  • Prep time icon Prep Time: 1 hour, plus 12 hours refrigeration time
  • Cook time icon Cook Time: 2½-3 hours


  • 15 to 20 lb. fresh turkey
  • 2 cups coarse salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Sauer’s Whole Black Peppercorns
  • 2 Tbsp. Sauer’s Rosemary Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. Sauer’s Thyme Leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. Sauer’s Rubbed Sage
  • 2 gallons water


  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 medium celery rib, chopped
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature


1. Bring 1 gallon of water to a boil on stovetop. Add salt, sugar, spices and herbs stirring until salt dissolves. Cool and chill mixture.

2. Combine cooled mixture with remaining water in a clean, large bucket, cooler or brining bag. Add turkey to brine. Place in refrigerator for 10-12 hours.

3. Remove turkey from brine; rinse and pat dry. Preheat oven to 450°F. Place turkey on rack in large roasting pan. Place cut vegetables inside turkey cavity. Rub butter over turkey.

4. Place turkey in oven. Reduce temperature to 325°F. Roast turkey until thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh and breast registers 165°F, about 2 ½ to 3 hours.

5. Transfer turkey to platter; tent with foil. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before carving.