When it’s time to brine your turkey, there’s only one container to depend on: Cambro. BBQ Grillmaster Misty Banchero AKA Seattle Butcher’s Wife on Instagram and TikTok is sharing her brine recipe for a no-fail, juicy, delicious turkey using a 22 qt. CamSquare® FreshPro container.
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- 12 to 14lb. Turkey (read below for size modifications)
- 1 Gallon Water
- 1 Cup Kosher Salt
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Cup Molasses
- 1 Cup Hot Honey
- ¼ Cup Poultry Seasoning
- 2 Tbsp Peppercorn
- 1 tsp ground Allspice
- Assorted Herbs:
- 4 Bay Leaves
- 5 Stems Thyme
- 3 Stems Sage
- 2 Tbsp rosemary
- Assorted Citrus:
- 2 Sliced Oranges
- 2 Sliced Lemon
- 1 Sliced Lime
- Optional: Star Anise Pods. Juniper Berries
- Combine half a gallon of water, Kosher salt, brown sugar, molasses, hot honey, poultry seasoning peppercorn and allspice into a large pot.
- Simmer the brine base for 10 minutes.
- Add the herbs and citrus and let it simmer over medium/low until you smell the aroma of the herbs and seasoning. Just simmer another 10 to 15 minutes and then cool completely.
- Pour the brine into a 22 qt. Camsquare FreshPro container. Add the rest of the gallon of water and more if needed to fully cover your bird.
- Keep container in the refrigerator or on ice, maintaining a temperature of no more than 40°
- After 24 hours, remove and proceed to cook the turkey.
I smoke my turkey whole or spatchcock style on a pellet grill at 275°F until the internal temp of the bird reaches 165°F in the center of the breast meat. There are many flavor profile choices to use after a brine. The easiest way is to use compound butter under the skin and then butter baste the bird with a combination of melted butter and seasoning of your choice throughout the cook.
Brine Q & A
- How long do you brine the turkey?
A: 24 hours
- How should I store a brining turkey?
A: Refrigerate in the Cambro storage container
- Can you reuse the Brine?
- Can you brine the Frozen Turkey?
A: No, it must be thawed to absorb the flavor
- How much Brine do you need?
A: Typically, 1 gallon per 10 lbs. of turkey
- Can I use any salt?
A: Use Kosher salt because it dissolves differently