Basic All Purpose Brine for Meats, Chicken, and Turkey

READY IN: 3hrs 15mins
YIELD: 1 quart




  • Makes 1 quart- make up additional amounts of brine if needed until meat is submerged.
  • Stir ingredients together in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Continue stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Place meat or poultry in a food safe plastic bag inside another container for support and leakage control (oven roasting bags are a fine choice- NOT garbage bags).
  • Pour cooled brine into bag, and squeeze out as much air as possible and seal with a twistie tie.
  • Refrigerate for 3-4 hours for 3 pounds meat (such as pork ribs), 5-6 hours for a nice roasting hen, or 12-24 hours for a turkey, 12 hours being for a small one and the longer time for those turkeys around 20+ pounds.
  • Discard brine before using and pat meat dry.
  • If using poultry, you may want to add citrus fruit such as oranges or lemons, additional fresh herbs, or cloves of garlic into the cavity.
  • Prepare meat as desired- roast, bbq, etc.