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Grilled Olive Juice Brined Turkey from Girls Can Grill

Grilled Olive Juice Brined Turkey

Brine your turkey in dirty martini olive juice this year for a really juicy bird.
4.8 from 5 votes
Prep Time 12 hours
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings 12



  • 1 bottle Saucy Mama Dirty Martini Olive Juice reserve ½ cup juice
  • 16 oz jar peperoncinis reserve 1/2 cup juice
  • 12 lb turkey
  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • 5 sage leaves chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tbsp poultry seasoning
  • 4 cups water

Rub and Cavity Flavor

  • 1 stick butter melted
  • 3 tbsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 stalk celery cut
  • 3 lemons halved
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic smashed
  • 5 sage leaves
  • 1 sprig thyme



  • Pour ½ cup Saucy Mama Dirty Martini Olive Juice and ½ cup peperoncini juice into a pitcher or bowl and reserve for later.
  • Place turkey in a large bag. In a large pitcher, combine the buttermilk, remaining olive juice, peperoncinis with remaining juice, sage, garlic and 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning.
  • Pour over the turkey. Add four cups water. Tie the bag to seal, place in a large pan and refrigerate 1 hour per pound.


  • Remove from the brine and rinse. Season all over and under the skin with poultry seasoning and melted butter. Fill the cavity with celery, lemons, onion, garlic, sage and thyme.


  • Place the turkey in an aluminum pan, breast-side up. Add ½ cup peperoncini juice, ½ cup olive juice and ½ cup water to the pan.
  • Place on a grill over medium heat. Close the cover. Baste every 30 minutes and cook for 1 ½-2 hours, until thickest part reaches 165 degrees. Add more water to the pan, as needed.
  • Turn the grill off and let rest in the covered grill, until ready to serve.


Calories: 590kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 73gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 260mgSodium: 519mgPotassium: 902mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 605IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 160mgIron: 3.5mg
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