Sweet Tea Turkey Brine

Sweet Tea Turkey Brine
Staff Writer

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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.

Ingredients

  • gallons hot tea, black or green
  • 1  Pound  Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2  Pound  sugar
  • 7  Pounds  ice
  • One  15-pound turkey, giblets removed
  • 10  bay leaves
  • 1/2  Cup  whole peppercorns

Directions

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. 
 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
24g
34%
Sugar
48g
53%
Saturated Fat
8g
33%
Cholesterol
19mg
6%
Carbohydrate, by difference
149g
100%
Protein
14g
30%
Vitamin A, RAE
259µg
37%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
16mg
21%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
90mg
9%
Choline, total
7mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
9g
36%
Folate, total
62µg
16%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
33mg
10%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
96mg
14%
Selenium, Se
3µg
5%
Sodium, Na
454mg
30%
Water
178g
7%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Turkey Brine Shopping Tip

Thanksgiving is not the only time to consume turkey. Now readily available year-round, be sure to take advantage of this chicken substitute.

Turkey Brine Cooking Tip

For juicy meat, be sure to brine the turkey.