Rosemary and Brown Sugar Pork Brine

Pork Rib Brine Recipe
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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1514 Calories
4g Fat
394g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 1514
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7054mg 307%
Total Carbohydrate 394g 143%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 372g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 12mg 58%
Calcium 256mg 20%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 761mg 16%
*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 pork, but it also works well on poultry. It has a sweet flavor in addition to all the herbs and spices.


  • 3 cups (710 milliliters) water

  • 1 cup (240 milliliters) honey

  • 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) brown sugar

  • 1 onion, thinly sliced

  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) peppercorns

  • 2 tablespoons (60 milliliters) fresh rosemary

  • 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) salt

  • 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) mustard seed

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1/2 teaspoon (1 1/4 milliliters) ground nutmeg

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.

  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

  3. Place with pork in a large container making sure that brine completely covers the pork. Cover and refrigerator for 6 hours for smaller items like chops, and up to 24 hours for larger cuts.