Smoked Turkey Brine


Smoked Turkey Brine

Smoked Turkey Brine

This honey-bourbon brine is perfect for smoked turkeys. It imparts just a little bit of sweet and a little bourbon flavor to the finished product. Of course, you can use this brine on a grilled or baked turkey as well. Amp up your holiday turkeys with this fantastic wet brine!
Prep Time 12 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Marinades/Brines
Cuisine American BBQ
Servings 1 gallon


  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups bourbon
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 red apples quartered
  • 2 oranges quartered
  • 4-5 whole bay leaves
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • Large stock pot
  • 1 large baking bag


  • In a large bowl, combine cold water with salt, honey, bourbon, and sugar. Add remaining ingredients.
  • Place large baking bag into stock pot and place turkey inside. Pour brine over top. Seal or tie bag and place into refrigerator (or a cold space), for 10-12 hours.
  • Once brined, remove turkey from solution and rinse off. Pat dry with paper towels, inside and out, and cook as directed. Discard any remaining brine.
  • You can prepare the brine 24 hours in advance to give the flavors a chance to combine. Store sealed in the refrigerator until ready to use on the bird.


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