You are here: Home » Recipes » Herb Brined Turkey Herb Brined Turkey Kitchen Tested Yield 30 servings Prep 15 mins Cook 300 mins Brining, or soaking, the turkey in a salt-sugar solution infuses moisture and flavor into the bird. PrintEmail This is enough brine for a large turkey. For a smaller one (8- to 12-pounds), make half the brine. Ingredients 3 gallons hot water3 pounds kosher salt2 pounds sugar1/4 cup dried basil1/4 cup dried oregano14 pounds ice15 pounds turkey, fresh or frozen, thawed Vegetable oil Instructions Combine hot water and salt in a clean 12- to 15-gallon cooler. Stir until salt dissolves. Add sugar, basil and oregano; stir until sugar dissolves. Add ice and stir. Place turkey in brine and cover with cooler lid. Soak overnight or up to 18 hours. Preheat oven to 350F. To prepare the turkey, remove from brine and pat dry. Rub with vegetable oil. Place on a roasting rack and roast until thigh registers 160F on an instant-read thermometer. Remove turkey from oven and let rest 15 minutes before slicing. Recipe by Chef Doug Hosford.