Coffee-Brined Turkey

Dark roasted coffee in the brine adds moisture and delicious, complex flavor

It’s already Thanksgiving again (can you believe it) and I thought I might launch this site with a quick coffee/Turkey recipe. A quick Google search for “food recipes with coffee” returned 1,280,000,000 results so obviously this isn’t a new concept, but to be honest I hardly ever remember eating something somebody cooked with coffee.  Given the vast range of coffees we can get our hands on today with all of their nuanced flavors, I think we may be missing out on something.  This recipe calls for “dark roasted” coffee (the bolder flavor profile translates better after cooking) but I would encourage you to try it with whatever coffee you like to drink.  Anyway, here it is and stay tuned for more specialty-coffee-focused rants in the days and weeks ahead.

  • 8 cups water
  • 12 cups dark-roasted brewed coffee (cold)
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2 ounces fresh parsley
  • 3 whole oranges, quartered
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 cloves garlic, whole
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 whole yellow onion, quartered
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 whole turkey, 10-12 lbs
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste


  1.  Mix together the water, coffee, salt and maple syrup and stir until dissolved.
  2. Line a 2.5 gallon bucket with a clean, sturdy plastic garbage bag and pour the liquid mixture into the bag.
  3. Toss in all of the remaining ingredients except for the turkey and ground black pepper.
  4. Remove the neck and bag of organs from the inside of the turkey and rinse the turkey inside & out.  Place the turkey into the liquid brine.
  5. Bring the bag up close to the turkey, removing as much of the air as possible.  Close well with a twist-tie.
  6. Place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
  7. Remove the turkey from the brine and discard the brine.
  8. Rinse the turkey inside & out and pat dry.
  9. Place the turkey into a roasting pan and sprinkle with the fresh ground black pepper.  Cover lightly with a sheet of aluminum foil. Add about 1/2″ of water into the bottom of the roasting pan.
  10. Cook in a preheated 350 degree oven for about two hours and then remove the aluminum foil cover.  Continue cooking until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the turkey reads 165 degrees.
  11. Allow the turkey to rest at least 15 minutes before carving.
  12. Enjoy!  Sit back and listen to everyone saying how amazing your turkey tastes… 😉 

1 thought on “Coffee-Brined Turkey

  1. What an interesting way to make a turkey. I will have to give this a whirl someday.

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