Our Citrus and Herb Turkey Brine recipe turned out scrumptious. The turkey was tender, juicy and full of flavor. There were no leftovers. We know to buy a larger turkey next year!
My youngest daughter is the turkey roasting guru in our family. She’s an excellent cook. I love it when she makes Shrimp-n-grits for us!
Tiffany likes to season food with citrus and herb combinations. The recipe is easily adjustable depending on the predominate flavor you prefer. You can tailor your brine accordingly.
You can brine your turkey in a large cooler or the big pot that comes with an outdoor fish cooker. We used the later because that is what we had.
It will not fit in the refrigerator so you can one of a couple things:
- Sit the pot inside another large container and pour ice around the bottom of the pot.
- Pour ice into the brine after adding your herbs and fruits
- If your temps are cool enough outside, cover the top of the pot and sit it on a porch or a safe outdoor location overnight. If you live in bear country, don’t do this!
We had cool temps so ours was sat outside overnight with a well secured covering.
Tif likes to juice a few lemons and oranges to add the juice to the brine. You could use whatever you have as a strainer to prevent the seeds from getting into the juice.
Place the bird into your brine pot and cover with water. Add your brine ingredients.
Do you see the turkey buried underneath all of those yummy flavors marinating in the brine?
Place the turkey into the container and cover with water. Add all of your cut up and prepared brine ingredients listed below. Allow to brine overnight or at least 6 to 8 hours prior to roasting.
Citrus & Herb Turkey Brine Ingredients
- 3 Oranges
- 3 Lemons
- 2 Onions
- 1 Garlic
- 1 bunch fresh Rosemary
- Fresh Thyme
- 3-4 stalks fresh Celery
Throw away the brine when you remove the turkey for roasting. Do not use brine which had raw meat in it.
Time to get the turkey ready for roasting!
Prepare your turkey for stuffing. Here in the south, when we say we are going to stuff the turkey, we mean with fruits and vegetables. Notice in the photo below how those delicious additions of flavor are spilling out of the perfectly roasted bird.
Turkey prep hack
Roll out a generous amount of plastic wrap to cover your work surface as seen above. Once you’re done, it rolls up onto itself for easy clean up!
How To Roast A Turkey
Preheat oven to 325° (you want to bake the turkey low and long)
Place the turkey breast side up in the roasting pan preferably on a rack. If you do not have a rack you can use balled up foil or large fresh vegetables like whole carrots to rest the turkey on.
Brush the turkey with melted butter.
When the turkey is getting nearly done, cover with foil to prevent the skin from getting too dark as the meat continues to cook.
Turkey is done when internal temperature reaches 180°
Always allow your turkey to rest at least 15 minutes before carving! That will give you time to snap some pics to share on Instagram anyway. Tag me! I want to see your turkey!
Always reserve several pieces of fruit to adorn the serving platter. This Citrus & Herb Brined Roasted Turkey disappeared completely. There were no leftovers.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. The special time with family and friends is what I look forward to all year. We all have our favorite dishes but nothing beats the time we spend enjoying relaxed conversation with family.