Smoked Turkey Brine

24:25 - Prep 24:15 / Cook 0:10

This Turkey Brine with brown sugar and lemon slices will add moisture and tenderness to your smoked turkey. Cinnamon sticks, black peppercorn and whole cloves combine for a pungent, strong and spicy flavor profile.

 According to, cloves are native to the Maluku Islands in Indonesia and are one of the oldest and most popular spices in the world.

8-12 Servings
Smoked Turkey Brine
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 gallons ice water
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 4 thyme sprigs
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 white onion, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorn
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves (optional)
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1. In a large stock pot, whisk together salt, brown sugar and water.
2. Simmer until sugar dissolves, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
3. Add ice water, lemon slices, bay leaves, thyme, cinnamon, onion, peppercorn and cloves. Stir.
4. Insert turkey, ensuring that the turkey is fully submerged in brine.
5. Place pot in the refrigerator to marinate for 24 hours.
6. Remove turkey from the brine. Rinse off excess salt and spice on and under the skin. Pat dry with a paper towel.
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