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Morning Show Thanksgiving: Citrus Turkey Brine

Bread & Board joins us to share tips to the perfect Thanksgiving meal, starting with the bird.

Once your turkey is thawed, you can brine it in a salt-water mix with spices and liquids to make it more tender so it absorbs more liquid. Here’s a recipe for a tasty citrus brine, courtesy of Bread and Board:


1 gallon Water

1 Cup Kosher Salt or 1/2 Cup Iodized

1 Cup Brown Sugar

3 Lemons Cut in Half

2 Oranges Cut in Half

3 Bay leaves

2 Tablespoons Whole Black Peppercorn

1 Bunch Fresh Thyme

Assorted Aromatics to taste ( such as cinnamon sticks, star anise, clove or any holiday flavor of your choosing)


Boil water, salt, sugar, citrus, thyme, and bay leaves and set aside to cool to at least room temperature.

Toast aromatic spices for 30-60 seconds in dry pan and add to brine.