Italian Brine

Italian Brine
Regarding BBQ Inc.
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: about 7 cups (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
584 Calories
4g Fat
132g Carbs
27g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: about 7 cups (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 584
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 35001mg 1,522%
Total Carbohydrate 132g 48%
Dietary Fiber 39g 138%
Protein 27g
Calcium 2348mg 181%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This flavorful brine is perfect for pretty much any meat, but particularly pork and chicken. Because of the vinegar in this brine it has an extra tenderizing affect.


  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh basil (chopped)
  • 5 tablespoons kosher salt (or 3 tablespoons table salt)
  • 1/4 cup ​red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup oregano (fresh, chopped)
  • 6 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, stirring constantly until salt is dissolved.

  2. This is enough brine for about 6 pounds of meat. Brine pork and beef for 1 hour per pound and poultry for 30 minutes per pound.