Sweet Tea Turkey Brine

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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

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.

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. 
 

Nutrition

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, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:

47%

Servings:

12
  • Fat 349g 536%
  • Carbs 747g 249%
  • Saturated 100g 499%
  • Fiber 15g 61%
  • Trans 3g
  • Sugars 679g
  • Monounsaturated 70g
  • Polyunsaturated 98g
  • Protein 1,243g 2,486%
  • Cholesterol 22,657mg 7,552%
  • Sodium 103,464mg 4,311%
  • Calcium 1,676mg 168%
  • Magnesium 1,859mg 465%
  • Potassium 17,065mg 488%
  • Iron 413mg 2,296%
  • Zinc 223mg 1,485%
  • Phosphorus 15,341mg 2,192%
  • Vitamin A 268,038µg 29,782%
  • Vitamin C 3mg 5%
  • Thiamin (B1) 10mg 680%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 96mg 5,652%
  • Niacin (B3) 592mg 2,961%
  • Vitamin B6 45mg 2,238%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 22,920µg 5,730%
  • Vitamin B12 889µg 14,810%
  • Vitamin D 54µg 14%
  • Vitamin E 18mg 88%
  • Vitamin K 89µg 111%
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