How to Brine a Turkey: Best Thanksgiving Recipe

You will need:
1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar or brown sugar
Small handfuls of garlic cloves, thyme sprigs, whole peppercorns, bay leaves or lemon

To make the brine:

1. Combine salt, sugar, herbs and 1/2 gallon (8 cups) of water in a large pot
2. Place over medium heat
3. Sir until the sugar and salt are dissolved
4. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes
5. Remove from heat and let cool
6. Stir in remaining 1/2 gallon water and cool completely

To brine your bird:
1. Put the brine inside a container large enough to hold the turkey
2. Add the turkey and if needed, more water to fully submerge it
3. Turn the turkey over a few times and finally leave it breast-side down
4. Chill for 5-6 hours