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Roast Turkey & Apple Cider Brine

  • 6 Servings
  • 24 hrs Prep Time
  • 27 hrs Total Time


  • 1 Fresh or Frozen Young Turkey (approximately 15 lbs)
  • 1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • garlic powder
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Apple Cider Brine:
  • 3 cups Apple Cider
  • juice from 4 oranges
  • 2 gallons cold water
  • 4 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 tablespoon crushed sage
  • 2 tablespoons minced onions
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup Kosher salt
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly cracked black pepper

Recipe and images courtesy of Flavor Mosaic

Serving Size 3 ounces cooked turkey
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140
Calories from fat
% Daily Value*
Total fat 12 g 15 %
Saturated fat 6 g 30 %
Trans fat
Cholesterol 60 mg 20 %
Sodium 380 mg 17 %
Total Carbohydrates 0 g
Dietary Fiber
Protein 12 g
Iron 6%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. This is a representation of the nutrition label. The actual nutrition label on the product may vary slightly.
  • Step 1

    Apple Cider Brine: In a large stock pot over medium-high heat, add the ingredients listed under the Apple Cider Brine heading. Bring the brine to a boil. Then remove the brine from the hot stove and let it cool to room temperature.
  • Step 2

    Place the thawed, unwrapped turkey in a brining bag or in a large container, and pour the cooled Apple Cider Brine over the turkey.
  • Step 3

    Seal the bag and refrigerate it for 12 to 24 hours. The larger the turkey, the longer it should remain in the brine.
  • Step 4

    After the allotted time, remove the turkey from the brine and rinse inside and out.
  • Step 5

    For the Roast Turkey, preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Step 6

    Rub the turkey with softened butter on the outside of the skin all over and under the skin as well.
  • Step 7

    Sprinkle the buttered turkey all over with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Step 8

    Wrap the wing tips and the ends of the turkey legs with foil to prevent them from overcooking.
  • Step 9

    Place turkey on a rack inside a roasting pan.
  • Step 10

    Pour chicken broth into the bottom of the roasting pan.
  • Step 11

    Place a foil tent over the turkey and leave it on for the first hour of cooking.
  • Step 12

    Place the turkey in a preheated oven. Cook the turkey for about 15 minutes per pound. For a 12-pound turkey, cook for about 3 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 170°F.
  • Step 13

    Remove the turkey from the oven and let it rest for about 30 minutes.

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