Difficulty – Easy
1 cup kosher salt
½ cup brown sugar
1 gallon water
1 tbsp black peppercorns
3 to 4 wide strips of fresh orange zest
4 bay leaves
In a large pot bring all the ingredients to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally to let the sugar and salt dissolve. Allow to cool completely.
In a large container, a 5-gallon bucket works best, combine the brine with an additional gallon of ice water. Submerge your turkey, which has been rinsed and the package of innards removed. Allow the turkey to brine for 8 to 12 hours.
Once your turkey has brined, remove it from the brine, and rinse and dry it before continuing to prepare it for your preferred method of cooking.