Alton Brown's Brined Turkey
3060 mins (prep 2880, cooking 180)
15 ingredients
12-14 servings
A salt water brine changes the cellular structure of the turkey and allows it to both hold in the moisture, as well as pull the seasonings deep into the meat. It's actually a very simple process that will yield beautiful and delicious results. My mom told me how good Alton's recipe was and that she was going to repeat it again this year. I decided to try it myself. It's, hands-down, the best roasted turkey we've ever had. The brine and aromatics create an amazing symphony of flavors that starts with the aroma of making the brine and follows right through to the rich, full gravy. I've also used this recipe on a whole fresh chicken by halving the recipe and adjusting the cooking times.

Categories:  holiday , whole-turkey , poultry , main-dish , meat , >-1-day , turkey , oamc~freezer~make-ahead , time-to-make ,
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Serving Size (51.32 g)
Servings 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 31.67 Calories from Fat 13.14
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1.46g 26.91%
Saturated Fat 0.33g 19.98%
Trans Fat 0.01g %
Cholesterol 2.87mg 11.49%
Sodium 7708.36mg 3854.18%
Total Carbohydrate 4.24g 16.97%
Dietary Fiber 0.21 g 10.18%
Sugars 1.56 g %
Protein 0.5g 11.9%
Vitamin A 129.82IU% Vitamin C 0.19mg%
Calcium 18.73mg% Iron 0.6mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
light brown sugar, allspice berries, chopped candied ginger, red apple