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Smoked Turkey with Maple Turkey Brine


We found this Maple Turkey Brine recipe on, and it is too good not to share! We used it on a bone-in turkey breast.


Prep: 15 minutes   Cook: 20 minutes  Ready in 1 hour 35 minutes



4 quarts water, divided

2 cups dark brown sugar

1 cup soy sauce

1 cup maple syrup

3/4 cup sea salt

8 cloves whole garlic cloves, peeled

6 bay leaves

3 large fresh thyme sprigs

2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns

1 cup sour mash whiskey 



Place 2 quarts of water in a large pot over medium heat, and stir in brown sugar, soy sauce, maple syrup, sea salt, garlic cloves, bay leaves, thyme sprigs, peppercorns, and whiskey. Stir until dissolved, then bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in remain 2 quarts of water. All brine to cool completely before using.


For this picture, taken Thanksgiving 2014, we placed one half of turkey breast (bone in) in the brine for 5 hours, then smoked at 225 degrees with apple and cherry wood until the turkey reached 165 degrees.