Simple Pork & Poultry Brine
Recipe type: Brine
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A basic low sodium brine for pork and poultry. (Try it with rabbit too!)
  • 1 gallon water
  • 3 ounces sea salt ( "Bolivian Rose" or "Sel Gris" work great)
  • 3 ounces sugar (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. citrus zest (lemon, lime or orange - optional)
  1. Add the salt, sugar and other aromatics to a pot and bring the water to a simmer until the salt and sugar have dissolved.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and chill before using the brine.
  3. Let your protein brine for 6 hours.
  4. Drain the protein, and let it rest and air dry in fridge for 2 hours.
  5. Roast, broil or grill as you would!
Typical brines call for 8 ounces of salt. This recipe requires much less salt when using unrefined sea salt as recommended above and produces a much more flavorful result. Brine will work for up to 8 lbs. of protein.
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