Roasted Turkey with Citrus Apple Cider Vinegar Brine
Citrus Apple Cider Vinegar Turkey Brine
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
marinating time
8 hrs
Total Time
35 mins

Citrus Apple Cider Vinegar Brine will make your turkey moist and full of flavor! This turkey brine is easy to make and worth the extra step to make a delicious turkey for Thanksgiving! Brine turkey for 8-12 hours. Gluten free and low-carb. Makes enough brine for a 20 lb whole turkey.

Course: turkey brine
Cuisine: American
Keyword: citrus apple cider vinegar turkey brine recipe
Servings: 30 people
Joanne Schweitzer: Joanne
  • 12-16 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 1/4 cups Kosher salt
  • 2 oranges quartered
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • 9 cloves fresh garlic
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 sprigs fresh sage
  • 3 tbsp fresh peppercorns
  1. Squeeze the quarter lemons and oranges to extract the juice while adding them to a large stock pot along with the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer for 20 min on low heat.

  2. Let the brine cool to room temperature and then refrigerate until ready to place the turkey in it.
  3. Place the raw, defrosted turkey into a brine bag. Pour cooled brine over turkey, tie the bag and place in a roasting pan and place in your refrigerator for 8-12 hours. *Makes enough brine for a 20 lb turkey

Recipe Notes

Let Citrus Apple Cider Vinegar Brine cool before storing in the refrigerator and place it in a large container or clean cooler where the whole, thawed turkey will be covered for 8-12 hours. 

You should brine your turkey in a refrigerator or outside if it's cold enough but, not freezing which is 32F or below.

This recipe makes enough brine for a 20 lb. turkey. Discard the brine after it's been in the raw turkey. It's not safe to be consumed.

Here is the general rule for substitution: 1 part table salt = 2 parts Kosher salt

Therefore, for this recipe which calls for 1 1/4 cups of Kosher salt, you can use about 5/8 cups of table salt instead. However, if you're measuring by weight, you may use the same amount.