Delicious Orange Turkey Brine

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Delicious Orange Turkey Brine
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
24 mins
Total Time:
Recipe by Administrator
Published on October 29, 2023

This Orange Turkey Brine recipe is a flavorful twist on the traditional brining method. The combination of orange juice, herbs, and spices infuses the turkey with tangy and aromatic flavors, resulting in a juicy and tender meat. It's perfect for Thanksgiving or any special occasion. The brine not only adds flavor but also helps to keep the turkey moist during the roasting process.


  • 1 gallon water
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried orange peel
  • 1 turkey (12-14 pounds)


  1. In a large pot, combine water, orange juice, kosher salt, brown sugar, minced garlic, black peppercorns, rosemary, thyme, sage, parsley, and orange peel.
  2. Stir well until the salt and sugar are dissolved.
  3. Place the turkey in a brining bag or a large container, breast-side down.
  4. Pour the brine mixture over the turkey, making sure it is completely submerged.
  5. Seal the bag or cover the container and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  6. After the brining time is up, remove the turkey from the brine and rinse it thoroughly under cold water to remove any excess salt.
  7. Pat the turkey dry with paper towels.
  8. Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C).
  9. Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan.
  10. Tuck the wing tips under the turkey and tie the legs together with kitchen twine.
  11. Roast the turkey for about 3 to 4 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C).
  12. Baste the turkey with pan drippings every 30 minutes to keep it moist.
  13. Once cooked, remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest for 20-30 minutes before carving.

Interesting Facts

  • Brining the turkey helps to break down the muscle fibers and allows the meat to absorb moisture, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful bird.
  • The combination of orange and herbs adds a refreshing and aromatic twist to the turkey, making it a standout dish.
  • Using a roasting pan with a rack helps to promote even cooking and crispy skin.
  • Letting the turkey rest after cooking allows the juices to redistribute, creating a more tender and succulent meat.