Dry Brine Thanksgiving Turkey

Dry-Brined Turkey


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Dry Brine Thanksgiving Turkey
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Dry-Brined Turkey

Prep Time1 d
Course: Main Course
Servings: 10
Calories: 623kcal


  • 12 pound natural, un-brined turkey
  • 3 tablespoons kosher or fine sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon sage
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 medium Vidalia onion halved
  • 1 head garlic
  • 1 lemon halved
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter or ghee
  • 4 cups chicken or turkey stock


  • If frozen, begin by defrosting your turkey in your refrigerator approximately 3 days before you plan to roast it.
  • One day before roasting, mix the salt and herbs (this is the dry brine). Remove the giblets and neck if stuffed inside the turkey. Sprinkle the dry brine all over the turkey and rub it in, getting under the legs and wings. You can also lift up the skin and rub it directly on the meat. Leave the turkey uncovered on a baking sheet in the refrigerator with the dry brine on it for up to 24 hours.
  • On the day of roasting, preheat the oven to 350°F. Arrange the racks inside the oven to accommodate the size of the turkey. Prepare a roasting dish with a rack in the bottom.
  • Place the onion halves, head of garlic, lemon halves, and fresh rosemary inside the turkey. Place the turkey on the roasting rack and cover with butter or ghee.
  • Pour the stock into a saucepan and heat on low.
  • Place the roasting pan with the turkey in the center of the oven, and roast until it measures 165°F in the thickest part of the breast, basting with the warm stock occasionally throughout the cooking time. A good rule of thumb is to cook the turkey 12 minutes per pound. You can monitor the temperature with an integrated oven thermometer, or periodically measure it with a digital thermometer.


Nutrition Facts
Dry-Brined Turkey
Amount Per Serving
Calories 623 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 290mg97%
Sodium 2664mg111%
Potassium 1019mg29%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 86g172%
Vitamin A 330IU7%
Vitamin C 7.6mg9%
Calcium 57mg6%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Simply Gluten Free are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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Tags: Brined Primal Palate Thanksgiving Turkey
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