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Apple Cider Turkey Brine

This easy-to-make Turkey Brine recipe is made with lots of apple cider, salt, and all the right spices. Your turkey will be so incredibly moist and delicious.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Brine time18 hours
Total Time18 hours 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16 people


  • brining bag turkey roasting bag works great
  • water canning pot or large bucket to help hold the brining bag
  • large cooler if there's not enough space in the refrigerator


Turkey Brine:


  • 12 pound turkey ensure its fully thawed if previously frozen, turkey size can vary, double the brine recipe for turkeys 20+ pounds
  • 2 valencia oranges quartered


  • Combine apple cider, salt, peppercorns, allspice, cloves, and bay leaves in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes until salt dissolves. Cool completely in refrigerator.
  • Remove giblets and neck from turkey, refrigerate until ready to use, and reserve for gravy. Rinse turkey with cold water and pat dry. Trim excess fat. Stuff body cavity with orange quarters. Place a turkey-sized oven bag inside a large stockpot. Place turkey inside bag. Add cold cider mixture and ice. Squeeze as much air out of bag as possible. twist top and secure with twist tie or tuck end so that it stays put. Refrigerate for 18 to 24 hours, turning turkey occasionally.
  • Once done, remove turkey from bag and discard brine and orange quarters. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels.
  • Cook turkey using your favorite method.


  • Nutritional information is based on the brine only, but you don't really eat the brine, so I'm not sure why I bothered.
  • I use my canning pot to hold the turkey with the brine. It works perfectly and fits on the bottom shelf of my refrigerator as long as I clear everything else out.


Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4721mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg