How To Make A Basic Brine

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2 cups water
2 Tbsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. black peppercorns
1 ½ Tbsp. white or brown sugar
¼ bay leaf

**You can also add fresh thyme sprigs & juniper berries, flattened with the blade of a chef’s knife.

Bring the water to a boil. Add the salt & remaining ingredients, stirring until salt dissolves. Remove from heat & cool to room temperature before using to brine meats or poultry.

**Increase the recipe according to the amount of meat or poultry you are going to brine.  8 – 10 lbs. meat would require the above to be increased by 6 times.

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