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Easy Maple Brine

Looking for a delicious and simple way to add a subtle, sweet maple flavor to your turkey or pork roast? Look no further than our quick and easy maple brine recipe!

Maple Brined turkey

If you’ve struggled to keep poultry and pork roasts moist and flavorful, our easy maple brine is here to help you! This rich maple brine will impart amazing flavor to meat and keep it moist and tender during cooking. With a few simple ingredients, you’ll get a head start on the delicious main course.

Why you should use a brine. 

The salt in a brine penetrates the meat resulting in a plumping and tenderizing effect. This will produce a juicy, tender protein once it’s cooked. Brining typically takes 6-12 hours for smaller items like whole chickens and pork loin roasts, and 24-32 hours for whole turkeys.

Maple Brine

Maple Brine: The Ingredients

  • Water
  • Brown sugar
  • Soy sauce: Use tamari, for gluten free option.
  • Maple syrup: Use real maple syrup NOT maple-flavored syrup or pancake syrup. The real stuff costs a bit more, but it’s well worth the investment.
  • Morton kosher salt (*see notes in recipe card below)
  • Garlic 
  • Bay leaves
  • Thyme
  • Black peppercorns

You’ll need a large stockpot to simmer the brine. Cool the maple brine completely before submerging your turkey or roast into the solution. You can prepare the brine several hours in advance and store it in your refrigerator before using. For full instructions, see recipe card below.

Brining times

  • Turkey: 24 hours
  • Large Pork Roasts: 12-18 hours (example: pork shoulder)
  • Medium Pork Roasts: 8-12 hours (rack of pork or small pork butt)
  • Small Pork Roasts and whole chickens: 4-6 hours (example: pork loin)

Tips for using maple brine

  • Do not rinse the turkey once it has brined.
  • Pat it dry with paper towels.
  • Use a sdium-free seasoning rub. The brine will provide enough salt content for the meat.
  • For turkey: If using a turkey injection marinade, make sure it does not contain salt.
  • Cool maple brine completely before submerging the turkey or pork.
  • Add apple slices and 2 cinnamon sticks to the brine for a nice festive touch.
Maple Brine

Maple Brine

A quick and easy maple wet brine perfect for turkeys and pork roasts. The Maple Brine will impart a subtle maple flavor that is just perfect for the holidays.
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Course: Marinades/Brines
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brine recipes, pork brine, poultry brine, turkey brine
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 5 quarts
Calories: 549kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts water
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup Morton kosher salt
  • 8 whole cloves garlic peeled
  • 6 whole bay leaves
  • 3 large sprigs of thyme
  • 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a large stock pot and simmer until sugar and maple syrup. Remove from heat and allow brine to cool for 1 hour, then place covered stock pot in the fridge for another 1-2 hours until cold.
  • To use: place turkey into a turkey brining bag in a large stock pot. Fill he bag with cold brine, seal bag, cover pot and store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  • Once brined, remove turkey from the brine bag, and discard brine. Blot turkey with paper towels to remove moisture. Get inside he cavity as well.
    Season with a low sodium or sodium-free rub. Cook as directed.

Notes

Note on salt: We used Morton kosher salt for this recipe and recommend using it as well. Other brands will require measurement adjustments. Do not use table salt for this recipe as it is fine and much more concentrated. You will end up with an over salted turkey. Other products like Diamond or sea salt will produce varied results. As always, use a low sodium or sodium-free rub on your turkey once brined.

Nutrition

Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 135g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 19637mg | Potassium: 411mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 125g | Vitamin A: 46IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 2mg

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