Savory Turkey Brine

This is a basic savory vegetable brine suitable for brining turkey, chicken, or game hens.

2 gallons Filtered water
1 cup Sea or kosher salt
1/3 cup Light brown sugar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
6 cloves Garlic, chopped
4 sprigs Fresh thyme
1 sprig Fresh rosemary
1 tbsp Whole black peppercorns
1 1/2 tsp Whole allspice berries (optional)
1 Bay leaf
1 Small onion, chopped
2 Carrots, chopped
1/4 cup Parsley, chopped


  1. Add all ingredients and bring to a boil.
  2. After reaching a boil remove pot and allow to cool.
  3. Add meat so that it is completely covered by brine.
  4. Allow meat to brine for 24 to 48 hours.
  5. Remove meat, rinse, and pat dry.
  6. Rub olive oil on the meat and cook or smoke until internal temperature reaches 165°