Brining your turkey with this Sweet Tea Turkey Brine recipe will create a tender centerpiece at your holiday gathering.
No matter how you cook your turkey, brining makes a moist, juicy meat that they’ll never stop talking about. Especially if you’re cooking your holiday turkey on the grill or smoker, wet brine first.
If haven’t brined a turkey before, see our tutorial at How To Brine a Turkey for the Moistest Meat.
Sweet Tea Turkey Brine Recipe
- 1 gallon Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea
- 1 c kosher salt
- 3 large sweet onions, quartered
- 4 lemons, sliced
- 8 garlic cloves, peeled
- 5 sprigs rosemary
- 10 c ice
- whole fresh turkey
- In large stockpot over medium-high heat, combine sweet tea and kosher salt; stir frequently until salt is dissolved. Add onions, lemons, garlic and rosemary. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature.
- When broth mixture cools, pour into clean 5-gallon bucket. Stir in ice.
- Wash and dry turkey. Remove innards. Place turkey, cavity-side up, into brine to fill cavity. Cover and place bucket in refrigerator overnight. (Never brine more than 24 hours.)
- Remove turkey, carefully draining excess brine; pat dry. Discard excess brine.
- Cook turkey, as desired, reserving drippings for gravy.
Recipe and photos courtesy of Milo’s Sweet Tea.
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