How Long to Dry Brine Turkey. I typically dry-brine for 48 hours for a luscious bird. You can, however, brine your turkey for up to 72 hours (and some of our testers actually preferred this!). The skin will look dry and desiccated after all that time in the fridge, but don’t worry, it will cook up beautifully.



Do you rinse dry brine off turkey before cooking?

Resist any temptation to rinse the turkey after brining. There will be no trace of salt on the surface and rinsing would only make the skin less prone to browning.

Can you dry brine too long?

For chickens you can leave it sitting in the fridge up to 24 hours, and Turkeys can be left for 2 or 3 days. But bear in mind that you can overdo it. Brining for too long will start to dry out the fat underneath the skin, leading to dry meat which is exactly what we are trying to avoid.

Do you cover a turkey when dry brining?

Refrigerate turkey uncovered

If the thought of a raw, uncovered bird in your fridge for a couple days freaks you out, you can loosely cover the bird with plastic wrap or put it in a turkey brining bag. For the crispiest skin, though, you’ll want to make sure you uncover it for at least the last 6 hours before cooking.

Do you cover meat when dry brining?

Should I dry brine covered or uncovered in the refrigerator? Uncovered for 36 hours or less. The refrigerator acts as a dehumidifier, and that’s a good thing – a roast with a dry surface browns better than a roast without one. I’ll let it go for a day plus overnight without covering the roast.

How long should you brine a Turkey before cooking?

A whole turkey needs two to three days of brining time, the dry-brining can be done days before Thanksgiving giving you extra time on Turkey Day. With a dry brine, you just mix the salt and spices, rub it into the meat, cavity and skin and you’re done. Cover it for two days, uncover for one and it’s ready to cook.

Why is my Turkey so crispy After brining?

Because the turkey sits uncovered in the refrigerator during the last day of a dry brine, it drys out the skin, which in turn gives you incredibly crispy, golden-brown skin on the finished turkey. Don’t buy a preseasoned or kosher turkey (pre-salted) or self-basting turkeys.

Can You Dry-Brine a Turkey?

Wet-brining (a.k.a. “brining”) may get the ink, but dry-brining is so easy, and it doesn’t require a bucket. Okay, true, dry-brining is, technically speaking, a contradiction in terms since a brine is defined as a solution of water and salt. But bear with us here, folks, because we think you’re going to love the results of dry-brining turkey.

What does a dry brined Turkey taste like?

That brine is then reabsorbed into the meat which gives you a tender inside and a crispy outside. Also, fans of dry-brining swear by the taste of a dry-brined turkey because the flavor is not diluted by water.