5 Best Brines for Thanksgiving Turkey

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By F&W Editors Posted November 13, 2014

In this quick video, chef Stephanie Izard explains the benefits of brining. If you’re convinced, here are five great brines to try on your Thanksgiving turkey this year.

Every Thanksgiving, we are confronted with a daunting question: To brine or not to brine? In this quick video, chef Stephanie Izard explains the benefits of brining. If you’re convinced, here are five great brines to try on your Thanksgiving turkey this year.

Apple
A mix of apple juice, green apple, orange, herbs and spices like coriander, fennel, tarragon and sage infuses the turkey with bright and rich fall flavors.

Cayenne–Brown Sugar
This spicy-sweet brine is perfect if you’re going to fry the turkey.

Beer
Adding Guinness, or any dark beer, to a brine gives turkey a toasty flavor and helps give the skin a dark brown color.

Pimentón
This spiced brine gives the turkey a terrific smoky flavor.

Alsatian
One of the best wines to serve with turkey, Riesling is also incredible in this fruity, floral, aromatic brine.

Related: 25 Best Thanksgiving Turkeys
10 Quick Thanksgiving Turkeys
Side Dishes to Make While the Turkey is Cooking

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