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Lemon Turkey Brine Recipe

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This brine is a simple and traditional brine that will help keep your turkey (or other poultry) juicy and flavorful while cooking. Feel free to tweak the recipe to your own taste, but this base will get you started to a delicious turkey. 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. Enjoy!


  • 1 gallon Water
  • 1 cup Kosher Salt
  • 4 Lemon (halved and juiced)
  • 1/4 cup Honey
  • 6 Bay Leaf
  • 1 head Garlic (smashed)
  • 2 Tbsp Black Peppercorns
  • 2 sprig Rosemary
  • 2 sprig Thyme
  • 1 bunch Parsley


  1. Pour all ingredients except turkey into a large pot. Use both the lemon juice and lemon halves. Stir together over medium heat until all the seasonings are dissolved. Place in refrigerator to cool down.

  2. Add the turkey to a container large enough to hold the bird (we like to use a big water cooler like you see on the sidelines at sporting events), then pour in the brine. Cover the container, place in your refrigerator, and let sit for 8 – 18 hours.

  3. Before roasting the turkey, remove from brine, and pat dry all over with paper towels. If you have time, let the turkey sit uncovered in your refrigerator for at least an hour to air dry further. This will help the skin crisp while cooking! Click here to see our Turkey Cooking Instructions.

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