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1 3/4 cups Kosher salt
1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
4 bay leaves
5 cloves garlic, crushed
18 peppercorns
6 sprigs fresh thyme
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
6 juniper berries

Bring two quarts of water to a boil and stir in seasoning blend. Reduce heat and simmer stirring to dissolve seasonings and to activate spices – about 5 minutes. Cool and combine with at least 2 gallons of ice water in a large plastic bucket. Brine a 10-16 pound turkey for 12-16 hours, 16-24 hours for larger birds.

Variations: Also great with sliced or juiced fresh ginger and/or orange zest. -Chef Michaelangelo (mick) Rosacci.

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