Savory Brined Turkey
Brining naturally adds flavor and moisture to roasted turkey. The proof is in the tasting — one bite and you'll never go back to roasting a whole turkey without first brining it!
1 (12 to 14-pound) Butterball® Whole Turkey, thawed if frozen
2 gallons cold water
10 ounces Kikkoman Soy Sauce
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons dried sage
2 tablespoons dried celery seed
1 tablespoon dried thyme
- The night before roasting, remove giblets and turkey neck; rinse turkey inside and out.
- Prepare the Savory Brine: Mix water with remaining ingredients until all the salt is dissolved.
- Place turkey in brining bag or container, breast side down. Add brine recipe. Seal and/or cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours.
- Remove turkey from the brine, rinse well. Follow package directions for roasting turkey.
Makes 12 to 14 servings.
Recipe and photograph courtesy of Butterball, LLC.