Bourbon Barrel Turkey Brine

Delicious wet brine perfect for your Thanksgiving turkey.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 Turkey


  • 1 gallon vegetable broth or water
  • 1 cup Bourbon Smoked Salt
  • 1/2 cup Bourbon Smoked Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Bourbon Smoked Pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp whole allspice
  • 1 gallon ice water extra ice if storing in a cooler


  1. In a large stockpot, add the vegetable broth, salt, sugar, and spices. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to dissolve the salt. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. This step can be done 1-2 days ahead

  2. Using a large pot or clean bucket that will top the turkey, pour the brine into your chosen container. 

  3. Add 1 gallon of heavily iced water and stir. Submerge the turkey, breast side down, into the brine. 

  4. Store in the refrigerator, overnight, if you have room. You may also put the container into a large cooler and surround with ice.

  5. The next day, remove from brine, drain and pat dry well with paper towels before proceeding to roast the turkey.