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Herbed Brine for Chicken or Turkey Recipe

Herbed Brine for Chicken or Turkey

This is a very straight forward brine preparing fowl for smoking or roasting.
Total Time 4 hrs 20 mins
Course Cooking Technique
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Turkey
Calories 63 kcal


  • Bowl
  • Boiling pan


  • 1 Gallon water (divided)
  • 1 Cup salt (1 1/2 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 1 Cup white sugar
  • 10-20 Fresh tarragon leaves (or 1/4 cup dried tarragon)
  • 1 Teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 whole bay leaves


  • Bring two quarts of water to a boil, add all ingredients stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and add in remaining water. Wait until, cooled fully to add you meat.
Keyword chicken, turkey, wet brine