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Beer brine for turkey & chicken with herbs and garlic

This beer brine recipe combines the malty flavor of beer with caramelized sugar and fragrant herbs. Using this brine on poultry makes the meat juicy, tender, and flavorful.
Keyword BBQ, Brine
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 large turkey or 2 chickens
Calories 576kcal
Author Joost Nusselder
Cost $3


  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 cup salt table salt or kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup white or brown sugar
  • 1 bottle beer you can use 1 can of beer too (any beer works)
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary
  • 8 cloves garlic peeled and smashed


  • Combine the water, salt, sugar, and beer in a large pot or container and stir to combine. It's extremely important to stir the sugar until it dissolves completely.
  • Add the thyme, rosemary, garlic, and any other desired seasonings (such as pepper or paprika) and stir to combine.
  • Place the turkey or chicken in a large resealable bag or container and pour the brine mixture over top. Make sure the meat is fully submerged.
  • Place in the fridge and let marinate for 6-8 hours (or overnight).
  • Remove from the fridge and discard the brine mixture. Pat the turkey or chicken dry with paper towels before cooking.


Calories: 576kcal | Carbohydrates: 121g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 113383mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 100g | Vitamin A: 309IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 271mg | Iron: 2mg