Montani’s Best-Ever Turkey Brine

Take Thanksgiving turkey to the next level with my family’s simple solution


  • 2 gallons water
  • 2 1/2 cups kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 orange, cut into rounds
  • 1 lemon, cut into rounds
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 4 sprigs fresh sage
  • 4 dried bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp. black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. allspice berries (optional)


  1. Combine 1/2 gallon of water with spices and fruit in a large pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently, then reduce to a simmer and cook until the salt and sugar have dissolved. Remove from heat and add 1 1/2 gallons of water to a pot. Stir to combine and let cool completely.
  2. Submerge turkey in the brine. If more water is needed, mix additional brine by adding 2 tbsps. kosher salt to 1 cup of water and stir until dissolved. Brine overnight or up to 24 hours for the best results.

When ready to roast, thoroughly rinse the turkey and pat dry with paper towels.