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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!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 hrs
Brining1 d
Total Time1 d 6 hrs 10 mins
Course: american
Cuisine: BBQ
Servings: 22 Servings
Author: Guy Who Grills


  • 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



  • 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.


  • 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!