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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


Get that delicious smoky flavor for your Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey with this liquid smoke brine!  Simple ingredients, simple steps, perfectly flavored turkey!


Units Scale
  • 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. Bring 4 cups of the gallon of water to a boil.
  2. In a four cup measuring cup or something like it, mix the 4 cups of boiling water with the 6 tablespoons of chicken base. Whisk until the chicken base is completely dissolved.
  3. Measure out and whisk in the garlic powder, onion powder, salt, smoked paprika, white pepper and liquid smoke.
  4. Place your thawed turkey in a large stock pot. The one I use is a 20 quart capacity.
  5. Pour the 4 cups of concentrated brine over the turkey.
  6. Pour the remaining cold water from the gallon (12 cups) over the turkey.
  7. Swish the turkey around a little to mix. The turkey should be completely submerged.
  8. Place in the fridge and allow to brine for at least 2 days, 3 days if possible.
  9. Remove the turkey from the brine, let the excessive brine run off, discard the brine and cook your turkey as desired.


  • This is enough brine for a 12-14 lb turkey.  
  • The nutrition facts for this recipe are a little odd.  They don't include the turkey.  They are the facts for the gallon of brine.

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