1 turkey (12-16 lbs work well, can use larger bird)
1-3 gallons of water
1 cup salt (kosher preferred but table will do fine)
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 quart apple juice
2 whole lemons
3 Tbsp whole black peppercorns
1/2 cup loose Oolong Orange Blossom or Apple Spice tea from Teaporia
Add 1 gallon of water, salt, and sugar to large pot and place over high heat until it simmers, stirring to completely dissolve the salt and sugar. Once salt and sugar is dissolved, add remaining ingredients and simmer another 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, let cool to room temperature.
Add the turkey to the brine. Add more water to ensure turkey is fully submerged.A 5 gallon plastic bucket or large stainless steel pot works well. Weight it down, so it is completely submerged, cover and place in refrigerator for 1 hour per pound (12lb turkey = 12 hours). A stainless steel lid with cans of food or brick works well to weigh turkey down.
After desired time has passed, remove from brine. Rinse if desired and pat dry. Roast or fry turkey as usual.
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