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