3 ratings

Turkey with Brown Sugar and Maple Syrup Brine

Keep your turkey juicy with this brine
Courtesy of Chicago Tribune

If you want to avoid a dry turkey, make sure to make it with brown sugar and maple syrup brine. 

This recipe is by Bill Daley and was originally published in the Chicago Tribune

Ready in
25 m
20 m
(prepare time)
5 m
(cook time)


  • 6 large bay leaves
  • 3 whole heads garlic, cloves separated, bruised
  • 3 quarts of water
  • 2 Cups brown sugar
  • 2 Cups each of coarsely chopped unpeeled ginger root, soy sauce
  • 1 Cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 Cups coarse salt
  • 2 Teaspoons dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 fresh turkey, 12-14 pounds


Combine all the ingredients, except the turkey, in a large enamel or stainless steel stockpot large enough to hold the brine and the turkey.

Heat to a simmer over high heat; remove from heat.

Let cool completely.

Remove the neck and giblets from the turkey (save for stock).

Place the turkey in the cooled brine, making sure there is enough brine to cover the bird.

Add water to cover, if needed.

Refrigerate 12 hours, turning the bird in the brine twice a day.

Drain off brine.

Rinse turkey; roast according to your favorite recipe.