Hawaiian-Style Turkey Brine

Hawaiian style turkey brine recipe

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Serving: 1 serving

This turkey brine uses pineapple juices for liquid and layers of salt from soy sauce and maple syrup for sweetness. It's truly one of the most flavorful brines you'll try.


  • 4 quarts canned pineapple juice
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups soy sauce
  • 1 cup light maple syrup
  • 1 cup salt (or 1 1/2 cups Kosher salt)
  • 6 cloves garlic (cut into halves)
  • 4 to 6 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper (crushed)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for Hawaiian style turkey brine
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  2. Combine everything in a large bowl.

    Add spices to bowl
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  3. Place the turkey in large dish or container and pour brine over. Cover and allow to brine for 1 hour per pound. Because of the acid from the pineapple juice in this brine, you do not want to leave your turkey in the brine for too long.

    Pour brine over turkey
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  4. Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey before cooking. Otherwise, there will be a salty flavor to the turkey. 

    Thoroughly rinse brine from turkey
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  5. Cook the turkey, serve, and enjoy!

    Cook the turkey
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