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Turkey Brine - Moist, tender, juicy meat every time!
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How to Brine and Roast a Turkey Breast

The best method of roasting a turkey breast or whole turkey. Moist, tender and so flavorful!
Prep Time1 d
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time1 d 2 hrs
Course: Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brine, poultry, Thanksgiving, turkey, turkey breast
Servings: 6
Calories: 221kcal
Author: Don't Sweat The Recipe


  • 1 Cup Kosher salt
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Onion, cut into quarters
  • 3 Garlic cloves, cracked
  • 2 Tablespoons Peppercorns
  • 3 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 Gallon Water


  • In a large pot or bag (large enough to accommodate the turkey) stir water, sugar, and salt until dissolved.
  • Add rosemary, garlic, onion, and peppercorns.
  • Add the turkey, cover pot and refrigerate for 10 to 24 hours.
  • Remove the turkey from the brine, rinse, place in roasting pan then refrigerate to dry for 3 to 4 hours. (or overnight)
  • Roast at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes per pound or until reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Watch closely after one hour of cooking.


If you use a bag place it in a pot or large bowl in case there is some leakage.


Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 28344mg | Potassium: 116mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 51g | Vitamin A: 27IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 78mg | Iron: 1mg