How to Make a Basic Brine

Basic Brine Recipe

Chef Tom shares the process of preparing and utilizing a brine from scratch in order to maximize the flavor and juiciness of your grilled and smoked meats.


Basic Brine Recipe


Ingredients

Poultry Brine

  • 2 quarts water
  • 6 oz (1 cup) Jacobsen Salt Co. Kosher Sea Salt
  • 3 oz (1/2 cup) brown sugar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • I head of garlic, cloves smashed
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 lb ice

Barbecue Brine

  • 2 quarts water
  • 6 oz (1 cup) Jacobsen Salt Co. Kosher Sea Salt
  • 6 oz (1 cup) brown sugar
  • 2 ancho chiles
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp celery seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper Chile flakes
  • 1/4 tsp whole cloves

Instructions

For the Basic Brine:

Combine all ingredients in a Briner Bucket, and whisk until the salt and sugar are dissolved. The brine is ready to use immediately.

You might also enjoy: Buttermilk Barbecue Smoked Chicken

For the Poultry Brine and Barbecue Brine:

Combine all ingredients in a pot, except for the ice. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally. Let the brine simmer for about one minute.

Place the ice in a Briner Bucket. Transfer the hot brine to the Briner Bucket. Stir to melt ice and chill water. The brine is ready to use as soon as the liquid is cold.

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