Bourbon and Beer Turkey Brine

Products Used


  • 2 gallons water
  • 1 cup light beer or amber ale
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 2 cups coarse salt
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 5 sprigs fresh parsley


      1. Using a pot large enough to hold your turkey (12-15 pounds), combine all ingredients. Stir to dissolve the salt and sugars. Add the turkey and refrigerate for 24-36 hours. 
      2. Dry turkey with towels and cook as desired.
      Dixie Crystals Insight

      Recipe developed for Dixie Crystals by Susan Whetzel @doughmesstic.

      Rate & Review
      or to post comments
      Elizabeth P
      Nov 29, 2016

      The taste of my turkey after soaking it in this brine was out of this world! Deep flavors - everyone asked for the recipe.

      Oops.. there is no Spanish translation to this recipe