Best Brined Turkey

This is the Best Brined Turkey Recipe!

Ready for the holidays? Here’s the best brined turkey recipe I’ve ever made, which can be prepared in the oven or on your smoker! I’ve been making this same brined turkey recipe for at least 10 years now. I prefer to smoke my turkey after roasting it, but this will work either in the oven or on the smoker and still taste amazing year after year!

Brined Turkey

Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 1 free range turkey thawed


  • 1 small bunch fresh parsley
  • 1 small bunch fresh sage
  • 4 fresh bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup kosher salt


  • 1/4 of a whole yellow onion
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • Small bunch of fresh sage leaves
  • Small bunch of fresh parsle

Basting Butter

  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1 tablespoon thyme


  • Prepare the brine. Soak your thawed turkey for 24 hours in the refrigerator over night.
  • Next day, drain the turkey and discard the brine. Place turkey stuffing ingredients into cavity of bird and coat with melted basting herb butter.
  • Place the turkey on a roasting rack (with foil) breast side down at 425 F for 45 minutes.
  • Take out the turkey from the oven and place breast-side up, and continue cooking until the turkey breast reaches 160F. At this point you can also finish cooking the turkey on your smoker at 225 F. Remove when turkey reaches reaches 160F.
  • Slice and enjoy!


Keyword holidays, smoker, turkey