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Autumn Brine



  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 gallon water
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup bay leaf
  • 3 cup thyme sprigs
  • 1 cup sage sprig
  • 15 cup peppercorns


Baking Directions:

Place all the ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to a simmer.

Simmer for 30 minutes, then allow the brine to cool.

Place the turkey in a large roasting pan, then pour cooled brine over the turkey.

Refridgerate and allow the turkey to marinate for two to three days.

Turkey should be turned over and rotated every 24 hours to allow even marinating.

The purpose of the brine is to allow your seasoning to penetrate the thick skin and breasts of a large turkey.

It will also help to keep the bird moist.