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Dry Brine Recipe for Turkey

This turkey dry brine recipe will give you a moist turkey that is full of flavor.
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Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 1/2 cup Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons garlic powder


  • In a medium-sized bowl, mix salt, brown sugar, rosemary, and garlic powder until fully incorporated. Place turkey on a roasting rack inside a large roasting pan. Pat mixture all over the entire surface area of the turkey, inside and out. Chill in the refrigerator uncovered (air needs to surround the turkey) for 48 hours.
  • About 1 hour before cooking, remove turkey from refrigerator and rinse thoroughly. Pat turkey until completely dry. Allow the bird to come to room temperature before you cook it so that it will cook more evenly and quickly.
  • Your turkey has been brined and is now ready to fry, roast, or smoke!
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