Sweet Tea Turkey Brine

Sweet Tea Turkey Brine
Staff Writer


We’ve heard that brines are important, and this chef’s recipe shakes things up a bit by adding sweet tea to the brine. His tip is to place the turkey and brine in two doubled garbage bags, which allows you to easily brine it overnight in a roasting pan.


In a hot pot, dissolve the sugar and salt into the tea and then add the 10 bay leaves and 1/2 cup of peppercorns. Cool the brine, then place it in a large cooler with the turkey breast side up. Dump the ice and cover with the cooler lid. Brine overnight, or up to 12 hours. Dry thoroughly before cooking. 


Calories per serving:

942 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 29g 45%
  • Carbs 62g 21%
  • Saturated 8g 42%
  • Fiber 1g 5%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 57g
  • Monounsaturated 6g
  • Polyunsaturated 8g
  • Protein 104g 207%
  • Cholesterol 1,888mg 629%
  • Sodium 8,622mg 359%
  • Calcium 140mg 14%
  • Magnesium 155mg 39%
  • Potassium 1,422mg 41%
  • Iron 34mg 191%
  • Zinc 19mg 124%
  • Phosphorus 1,278mg 183%
  • Vitamin A 22,337µg 2,482%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 57%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 8mg 471%
  • Niacin (B3) 49mg 247%
  • Vitamin B6 4mg 187%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 1,910µg 478%
  • Vitamin B12 74µg 1,234%
  • Vitamin D 5µg 1%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 7%
  • Vitamin K 7µg 9%
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