Apple Cider Vinegar Brine For Turkey
This Apple Cider Vinegar Brine For Turkey is perfect for smoking a turkey! The brine adds so much flavor and also keeps the turkey moist! You can also use this brine to make a turkey in the oven as well! Perfect to smoke on a pellet grill or an electric smoker!
Servings: 22 Servings
- 1 Turkey
- 1 Cup Salt
- 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
- 2 Tbsp Peppercorns
- 2 Tbsp Dried Rosemary
- 5 Cinnamon Sticks
- 2 Tbsp Thyme
- 2 Tbsp Ground Sage
- 3 Tsp Minced Garlic
- 2 Tbsp Whole Cloves
- 2 Medium Oranges
- 2 Quarts Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 Gallon Water
HOW TO MAKE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR BRINE FOR TURKEY:
Cut up your oranges into quarters.
In a large stockpot add all of the ingredients of the brine (but not the turkey).)
Bring the brine ingredients to a rolling boil to allow the salt and sugars to dissolve.
I stirred mine as it was warming up to make sure everything was mixing well.
Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
If your pot is big enough add your turkey to the brine once it has cooled if not pour the brine into a container to put the turkey in it with.
I used a Tupperware That's Mega Bowl and it held my 12 lb turkey plus the brine.
Keep cold in a fridge or continue to add ice to it.
Allow the turkey to brine for at least 18-24 hours.
HOW TO SMOKE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR BRINED TURKEY:
Remove your turkey from your brine and place it to the side on a tray or platter, when I removed my turkey I lifted it straight up so it kept some of the seasonings on it.
Sprinkle with more rosemary, you can use more seasonings as well if you want to.
Pour your brine out, I poured the brine into an over-the-sink strainer to catch all the large pieces of the brine.
Start your smoker up and get it rolling smoke.
You will need to monitor your turkey with a meat thermometer to watch for the turkey to cook thoroughly thru.
I smoked my turkey on the smoke setting for 1 1/2 hours, and then smoked it at 250 for 6 hours.
Serve and enjoy!