YIELDS:  8 Servings

PREP TIME: 10 mins

COOK TIME: 3 hrs 30 mins

TOTAL TIME: 3 hrs 40 mins

Your search for the perfect Thanksgiving Turkey recipe is over! Everything you need to know is right here - from the brine to the bake. This is the most flavorful, succulent turkey you'll ever taste! 

1 turkey, thawed
½ cup butter, softened
Salt, pepper, and/or seasoning of your choice

5 gallons water 
1 gallon apple cider vinegar 
1 lb salt 
1 lb sugar 

Aromatics (Use all or some and adjust amounts to taste) 
½ cup whole peppercorns 
6 bay leaves 
¼ cup crushed garlic 
3 cinnamon sticks 
2 yellow onions, chopped
1 apple, chopped 
Soy sauce, to finish (optional) 

Cutting board 
Large brining container
Large roasting pan with rack  


  1. Make the brine by dissolving the salt and sugar in the water and apple cider vinegar in a large brining container. Add the aromatics and mix well. 
  2. Add a good amount of ice to chill the brine, then add your thawed turkey. 
  3. I like to brine for 48 hours. 
  4. When ready to bake, dry turkey and place on a baking rack. Cover the breast with foil and bake at 350°F until an internal temperature of 150°F is reached. 
  5. While the turkey bakes, mix together the softened butter with the seasoning of your choice. 
  6. When the internal temperature reaches 150°F, remove the turkey and turn the oven to broil. 
  7. Rub the turkey with the seasoned butter and return to the oven. 
  8. Broil until the turkey is nice and golden and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. 
  9. Rest and carve. 

Trick: We brushed the bird with soy sauce and then gave it a little more color with a kitchen torch!