Make your protein tender and juicy with this easy DIY brining spices recipe. This flavor combination is perfect for pork chops or ribs.



Ingredients

Notes

Directions

This recipe yields about 2 Tbsp. brining spices to flavor up to 2 quarts of brine. For 2 quarts of brine, place all ingredients in a small saute pan and toast over medium heat until aromatic, 3 to 4 min., stirring constantly. Add toasted spices to 1½ cups (of your 2 quarts) of your brining liquid, along with 1/2 cup salt and 1/4 cup sugar. Bring to a boil for 1 to 2 min. Let the boiled, spiced brine cool completely before adding it back to the remaining brining liquid. Tip: You can speed up the cooling process by adding ice cubes.

Serving Suggestions

Try replacing a quarter or less of the liquid for the brine with one or a combination of the following: apple cider, buttermilk, cranberry juice, grapefruit juice, lime juice, orange juice, or pomegranate molasses.

Seasonings this brine would pair well with: Coastal California Fennel Pollen Rub, Herbes de Provence, and Mt. Hood Toasted Onion All- Purpose Rub.

Yields

About 2 Tbsp. brining spices for up to 2 quarts of brine

Thanks To

Mike Johnston, Savory Spice Shop founder

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