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Smokey Turkey Brine Recipe

  • Author: Mindee
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Gallon Brine 1x
  • Category: Thanksgiving
  • Method: Brining
  • Cuisine: American


Looking for the best turkey brine recipe that isn’t fruity and is also super easy? My Smokey Turkey Brine is just what you need!



  • 1 Gallon of Water
  • 6 Tbs. Chicken Base
  • 2 Tbs. Salt
  • 1/2 Tbs. White Pepper
  • 3 Tbs. Liquid Smoke
  • 1 Tbs. Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbs. Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbs. Smoked Paprika


  1. In a four cup measuring cup or something like it, mix 4 cups of water with the rest of the ingredients.  Whisk together.
  2. Place your turkey in a large stockpot.
  3. Pour the 4 cups of brine over the turkey.
  4. Pour the remaining 12 cups of water over the turkey.
  5. Swish the turkey around a little to mix.
  6. Place in the fridge and allow to brine for at least 2 days, 3 days if possible.
  7. Remove the turkey from the brine, let the excessive brine run off and cook your turkey as desired.


This is enough brine for roughly a 12 pound turkey.

Keywords: turkey brine, thanksgiving