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Turkey in Apple Cider Brine

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Apple cider wet brine with Bird Brine

Apple cider wet brine with Bird Brine

This recipe is a tasty alternative to brining with just water. For this recipe be sure to use un-spiced apple cider as to not impart the flavor of the cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg into the turkey. These flavors are quite strong and will make the turkey a little bitter and have hints of pumpkin pie flavors. If you are like us, this will quickly become one of your favorite brine recipes.


  • 1 bottle of Revolution Barbecue Brid Brine
  • 12-14 pound fresh or previously frozen turkey giblets removed
  • 1 64 oz bottle of un-spiced apple cider
  • 1/2 gallon 8 cups cold water
  • 1 Large Brine Bag


  • To help stabilize the brine bag, we suggest lining the inside of a large stock pot (large enough to fit your turkey) with the brine bag and fold the edges over the side of the stock pot. Refer to the featured image so see how this should look.
  • Pour 1 cup of the apple juice into the brine bag. Pour the contents of the Revolution Barbecue Bird Bath into the bottle of apple cider and shake vigorously. Pour the brine mix into the bag.
  • Place the bird in the brine bag with the breast side down and cover with the water. Tightly wrap the turkey in the brine bag and refrigerate for 1 hour per pound.
  • Remove the turkey from the brine and rinse with cold water. Pat dry with a paper towel and allow to dry covered in the fridge for 30 minutes per pound.
  • Remove from the fridge, cook, slice, and enjoy!


For turkeys over 16 pounds, you may need additional liquid to fully submerge the bird. Brine turkeys over 16 pounds for a total of 24 hours to allow the seasoning to fully penetrate the meat.
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