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.

12
Servings
1349
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 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
45g
64%
Sugar
63g
70%
Saturated Fat
13g
54%
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Carbohydrate, by difference
224g
100%
Protein
15g
33%
Vitamin A, RAE
829µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
8µg
9%
Calcium, Ca
572mg
57%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
18g
72%
Fluoride, F
11µg
0%
Folate, total
248µg
62%
Iron, Fe
11mg
61%
Magnesium, Mg
58mg
18%
Niacin
12mg
86%
Phosphorus, P
305mg
44%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
6µg
11%
Sodium, Na
1334mg
89%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
75g
3%
Zinc, Zn
2mg
25%

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.