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White Cranberry Brined Turkey

White Cranberry Brined Turkey

White Cranberry Brined Turkey


  • Delicious recipe Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Delicious recipe Cook time: 3 hours
  • Delicious recipe Specialty: GF, DF, K
Nutritional Information


2 64-ounce bottles Ocean Spray® White Cranberry Juice Drink

1 gallon water

2 cups Kosher salt

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns

8 cloves garlic, crushed

8 bay leaves

1 8 to 12-pound whole turkey, neck and giblets reserved for another use


Mix all ingredients, except turkey, in a 13 1/2-quart stockpot until salt and sugar are mostly dissolved. Submerge turkey in brine. Refrigerate turkey in covered stockpot for 12 to 18 hours.

Discard brine. Dry turkey with paper towels.

Preheat oven to 325ºF. Roast unstuffed turkey for 2 3/4 to 3 hours or until internal temperature of the thigh reaches 180ºF.


Grill turkey over medium indirect heat with a drip pan under the grill. Grill an 8 to 12 pound turkey for 2 to 3 hours or until internal temperature of thigh reaches 180ºF.

VARIATION: To brine one turkey breast, up to 5 pounds:


4 cups Ocean Spray® White Cranberry Juice Drink

1/4 cup Kosher salt

2 tablespoons sugar

2 bay leaves

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 teaspoon whole peppercorns


Place Turkey breast in 2-gallon resealable food storage bag with brine ingredients. Marinate for 4 hours in refrigerator.

Grill over medium indirect heat for about 1 hour or until internal temperature reaches 180ºF. Or roast turkey breast in an open foil-lined roasting pan at 325ºF for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 180ºF.


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Best Brine Ever!

Stacey from Mount Pleasant, SC 11/23/2018 at 06:21 PM

This is my all time favorite turkey brine! I can't find the white cranberry anymore either, but I just the regular. The turkey skin is pink when it comes out of the brine, but after cooking it, there is no difference and it looks totally normal. I also add some rosemary and thyme. People rave about it! So good!

best turkey ever!!

11/15/2017 at 06:25 PM

We have been brining our turkeys foe years but when we found this recipe started using it exclusively, Biggest problem we run into is finding the white cranberry juice, I never used to eat the dark meat and now it is the first thing I go for. I highly recommend this brine!!

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Tanglela from Houston, Texas 11/14/2011 at 12:11 PM

The receipe came out great. My only problem was that i could not find white cranberry drink anywhere and had to substiute it for white cranberry peach. It gave the turkey a whole differnt taste! It was even better in turkey soup the next day.

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06/16/2011 at 09:25 AM

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