Rosemary and Brown Sugar Pork Brine

Pork Rib Brine Recipe
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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: About 5 Cups (Servings Vary)

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 mL water
  • 1 cup/240 mL honey
  • 1/2 cup/120 mL brown sugar
  • 1 onion (thinly sliced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL black peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons/30 mL/ fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL salt
  • 1 tablespoon/15 mL mustard seed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon/2.5 mL 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.