Alton Brown’s Turkey Brine


  • 1 gallon vegetable broth (not low sodium)
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tablespoon all spice berries
  • 1/2 tablespoon candied ginger


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large stock pot and bring to a boil.  Boil long enough for the sugar and salt to be dissolved.
  2. Cool to room temperature.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. When you’re ready to brine the turkey, pour into a large, clean bucket.  Add 1 gallon of heavily iced water.
  5. Place the turkey breast side down.
  6. Brine for 4-6 hours, turning the turkey once so the breast is up.


Good Eats “Romancing the Bird”


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