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It may seem like a bit of trouble to brine the turkey, but it is well worth it: This is the best turkey we've ever tasted. If you don't have a stockpot large enough to hold the turkey, you can use a new plastic tub instead. It is helpful to have an extra refrigerator to brine the turkey, as it will take up a lot of space.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2001


For the Brine

For the Turkey and Gravy


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  • KookingKween
    23 NOV, 2011
    Iam having troulbe getting the salt to disolve as it has with other brines I make - any thoughts......
    • Vilma Morales de Salazar
      17 DEC, 2014
      You shall use kitchen coarse salt, and when boiled the brine, it will dilute very easily.
  • Tanya S
    28 NOV, 2013
    Hands down! the best recipe ever for turkey....I have tried them all. This recipe delivers a moist and flavorful turkey. The spices can seem intimidating at first, yet the combination of seasonings delivers a subtle flavour that is unbeatable. I used a little less salt and the recipe was still fantastic.
  • Ashley Lombardo
    17 NOV, 2013
    It really is the best turkey ever. We make it exactly like the recipe: spice butter, brine, everything. The accompanying apple-chestnut stuffing recipe is the perfect counterpart.
  • Vilmucha
    3 NOV, 2011
    I tried first time this recipe 10 years ago, and have tried some different recipes just to change some new ideas, but I always come back to this one as THE BEST TURKEY RECIPE ever! The flavor and juices are extraordinary, and all people always rate turkey 10. I highly recommend everyone to try and keep this recipe forever. It is always a hit! great turkey.
  • ladyspice
    25 NOV, 2010
    I made the Spice Cured Turkey for Thanksgiving. It was a big hit! Really easy to put together, and well worth the day early prep. The brine makes for a moist flavorful bird, and the spice butter imparts a really wonderful flavor and leads to a wonderfully crispy skin. I will be using this recipe again!
  • ChargergirlDd
    27 NOV, 2009
    I tried this recipe for Thanksgiving and it was the best turkey ever! So tender and tasty. Thanks Martha.
  • jmoncivais
    26 NOV, 2009
    This was my very first turkey, and I loved this recipe. Easy, moist, nice subtle flavor, pretty on the outside... no fuss, great turkey. :)
  • akolterman
    24 NOV, 2009
    This is our Thanksgiving turkey every year since the article was printed. It's FABULOUS! A must have for us.
  • abigailchristine
    21 NOV, 2009
    Any ideas out there on how to make this recipe just for a turkey breast?
  • jjma77yahooco
    15 NOV, 2009
    coarse salt is kosher salt, you can find it at any grocery store.

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