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Smoked Turkey Brine Recipe

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I can’t even believe Thanksgiving is already next week! Before we all start prepping and cooking, I wanted to share with you my smoked turkey brine recipe. Now a lot of people say they don’t like turkey because it’s dry, but I promise you, with this brine recipe, you’ll get the juiciest, most flavorful turkey you’ve ever had.

To start, this recipe is measured out for a turkey breast. We don’t do a crazy rub on our turkey, the brine does all of the magic, so we keep it pretty simple. To smoke it, we use our Traeger Pro 575 with Wifire Technology. the Wifire Technology allows us to control the temperature of it through an app on our phone from wherever we are. And since the Traeger uses real wood pellets, the turkey will come out with the best smokey flavor. You can even get different flavored pellets for it!

Don’t worry if you don’t have a Traeger though! The brine helps the turkey come out juicy no matter how you cook it!

Smoked Turkey Brine

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Brining Time 1 day


  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Allspice
  • 2 tbsp peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 sprig Sage
  • 1 sprig Rosemary
  • 1 sprig Thyme


  1. Add the water, garlic, and all of the spices to a large pot.

  2. Bring it to a boil.

  3. Once its boiling, take it off of the heat and let it cool down. Submerge the turkey breast in the brine with ice.

  4. Let the turkey breast sit in the ice cold mixture for about 24 hours. We put it in the fridge to make sure it stays cold.

  5. After 24 hours, dump the brine and take your turkey out and rinse it off well. This gets all of the salt off of it.

  6. Pat your turkey dry and then coat it in butter.

  7. Then sprinkle on some garlic, salt and pepper.

  8. Smoke the turkey at 375 degrees until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. We use the probe that connects to the Traeger to tell us the temperature so we know when it is done.

Chris and I made an Instagram video showing our process of brining and smoking the turkey. And you can watch that HERE. If you’re planning on making a turkey breast for Thanksgiving this year, give this smoked turkey brine recipe a try! And if you’re still in need of more fall recipes, check out my fall recipe roundup!

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