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Apple Spice Brine

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Apple Spice Brine

Apple Spice Brine

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By using fruit juices in a brine you add sweetness and a light acidity that tenderizes and permeates the meat being brined. This brine recipe is perfect for the holiday meal. The combination of fruit juice, cloves, and nutmeg makes for a great turkey.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Enough for a 20 pound turkey


  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 2 quarts apple juice
  • 2 quarts orange juice
  • 2 cup salt (3 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg


Pour apple and orange juice into a large pot over a medium heat. Add salt, brown sugar, cloves and nutmeg. Simmer for 15 minutes until salt and sugar are completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add cold water.

Place poultry in a large plastic container. Pour brine over top. Brine poultry for 1 hour per pound in the refrigerator.

Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey before cooking. Otherwise there will be a salty flavor to the turkey. For a more detailed explanation, see my article on brining turkey.

User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Delicious Juicy Turkey, Member CMLesniak

I tried this brine for my Thanksgiving Turkey and it was a hit. The turkey came out tender and juicy and falling off the bone! My family loved it. I was worried because I wasn't sure whether to season the turkey after the brine was washed off because I did not want it to be too salty. I didn't add any seasonings or butter at all and my turkey was delicious! I would use this again next year.

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