Typically I do a Cajun rub on my turkey but,after seeing Ree’s (the Pioneer Woman who I speak of as if we are on a first name basis, cause we would be if she knew me!) turkey brine I had to try it! My MIL bought a beautiful ORGANIC bird and I thought this would be wonderful to keep it super moist and full of flavor.
I used what I had on hand and as her recipe was my inspiration I did stray a tish. If you have 3 cups of apple juice go with that or use some orange or extra water. It will be great!!
Bonus it makes your house smell yummy!!
2 cups apple cider
1/2 cup juice from a can of mandarin oranges
1/2 cup juice from a can of pineapple
1 big handful of black peppercorns
4 cloves of fresh garlic
6-8 whole sprigs of fresh thyme
1 1/2 cup kosher salt
2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 gallon of water (that is all my pot would hold! she uses 2)
Put it all in a HUGE pot and bring to boil. Cover, cool completely and pour over turkey.
xoxo, Mama Bird