All-Purpose Mild Brine for Poultry and Pork

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is a simple all-purpose mild brine for chicken, turkey and pork. It is fabulous used when grilling chicken pieces. The meat will never be dry.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 14 cup kosher salt, like diamond crystal (or 3 tbsp Morton's kosher salt or 2 tbsp table salt)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 quart water


  1. Mix cold water, salt and sugar and stir to dissolve.
  2. In a non-reactive container, immerse food in brine, seal and refrigerate.
  3. Use 1 quart of brine per pound of meat, not to exceed 2 gallons.
  4. Brine for 1 hour per pound (when brining multiple items, time is based on weight of a single item), but not less than 30 minutes or more than 8 hours.
Most Helpful

I love the simplicity of this brine. The ease of preparation makes this one I will use again and again. It worked great and helped me to save an otherwise excellent recipe from death due to salt.<br/><br/>The recipe in question is #33671. If you want to brine a turkey, you will need to double or triple this recipe, but it is so easy to make you will have no trouble doing so. It was just right for my rather large chicken. Just be sure to rinse well before cooking.

Cook In Southwest June 12, 2013

Awesome! I like that it's very basic and other flavors can be added in easily, such as liquid smoke, garlic etc. I let my porkchops brine for about 8 hours then pan grilled them. Juicy and moist. Very good recipe without a lot of ingredients.

Not-2-Sweet July 17, 2008

never brined before WOW thanks for the recipe

brian.heeringa June 06, 2013