Maple and Brown Sugar Turkey Brine

maple and brown sugar brine ingredients
Claire Cohen
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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 gallon of brine (1 portion)

This brine offers a sweet maple flavor and can be used on any kind of poultry and pork. Try it on your holiday turkey, large pork roasts, or weeknight pork chops.


  • 4 quarts/3.8 liters water
  • 2 cups/475 ml dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups/360 ml maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup/180 ml sea salt
  • 3/4 cup/180 ml soy sauce
  • 5 to 6 whole cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 6 whole bay leaves
  • 3 large sprigs thyme
  • 2 teaspoons/10 ml whole peppercorns

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place 2 quarts (1.9 liters) of water and other ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil, dissolving sugar and maple syrup.

  3. Remove from heat, add remaining 2 quarts (1.9 liters) and allow the brine to cool completely before using. This might take an hour or more.

  4. Follow brining instructions for optimal results. A large turkey and pork roast require different times; if you are brining pork chops, halve the recipe.