How to Brine and Twine

Brine and twine, they don’t just rhyme — they go together like salt & pepper, Heckle & Jeckle, or Thanksgiving and being full. Not to mention they are easily two of the most important steps you can take to ensure turkey success.

Sam the Cooking Guy

Turkey Brining Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Makes enough brine for one turkey

Turkey Brining Recipe


1/2 gallon apple juice

1 gallon water

2 Tablespoons each dried sage & rosemary

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 1/2 cups Kosher salt

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

2 yellow onions, peeled & cut in quarters


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot, bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer 15-20 minutes partly covered.
  2. Allow brine to cool completely.
  3. Put rinsed turkey (without the bag of giblets, etc.) into a brining bag or non-reactive pot and add the cooled brine.
  4. Seal bag or cover pot and refrigerate 8-10 hours or up to 24 hours.
  5. Remove turkey, rinse, pat dry and roast.


Sixty minute cooking time includes brine cooling time.

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Sam Zien

is host of the TV show Sam the Cooking Guy, author of 3 cookbooks and a frequent guest in the Today Show kitchen. He’s also and proud of his “big in taste but small in effort” cooking style — “food that anyone can make,” he likes to say.

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