A great way to keep your turkey moist and flavorful while you’re cooking it is to brine it before cooking. There are a number of different brine recipes available from simple to complex. This is Nick’s favorite recipe to use to brine turkey. It’s based on an IPA beer to add fresh citrus flavor to the bird. Give it a try and let us know what you think! If you’d like to learn more about brining, click here to listen to Episode 14 of our podcast, Reduce by Half. On the episode, we give you the rundown on brining and lots of recipe ideas.
- 5 quart Water
- 6 bottle IPA Beer (citrus forward IPA’s are best for this recipe)
- 4 Lemon (cut in half)
- 2 cup Kosher Salt
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Black Peppercorns
Combine all ingredients except lemons in a container large enough to hold the turkey. A large pot or beverage cooler like you use for drinks at a little league game works great.
Put turkey in brine. Add lemons on top. Fill with additional water until the liquid is to the top of the cooler.
Refrigerate and let sit for 24-48 hours.
Remove from brine, pat dry and follow our cooking directions for a perfect turkey!