Maple and Brown Sugar Turkey Brine

Maple and brown sugar brine

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  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving

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.

For another sweet brine, try this Turkey Apple Brine recipe.


  • 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.

    Ingredients for brine
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  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.

    Add water
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  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.

    Remove from heat
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  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.