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Brined and Roasted Whole Turkey Recipe

Brined and Roasted Whole Turkey Recipe

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How To Make Brined and Roasted Whole Turkey

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Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total: 3 hours 45 minutes



  • 1 whole turkey (12-14 pounds)
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 oranges, quartered
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large pot, combine water, kosher salt, brown sugar, oranges, rosemary, thyme, and minced garlic. Stir until salt and sugar dissolve.

  2. Place turkey in a brining bag or large container and pour the brine mixture over the turkey. Make sure the turkey is completely submerged. Cover and refrigerate for 12-24 hours.

  3. Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C). Remove the turkey from the brine and pat dry with paper towels.

  4. Place the turkey on a rack in a roasting pan. Brush the melted butter all over the turkey and season with salt and pepper.

  5. Roast the turkey in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C) in the thickest part of the thigh.

  6. Remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest for 20-30 minutes before carving. This allows the juices to redistribute.

  7. Carve and serve the brined and roasted whole turkey.


  • Calories : 420kcal
  • Total Fat : 14g
  • Saturated Fat : 6g
  • Cholesterol : 250mg
  • Sodium : 1300mg
  • Total Carbohydrates : 1g
  • Protein : 66g
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