Maple Turkey Brine


This is Dave's favorite brine for Thanksgiving turkey. It can be used on any kind of poultry and pork. It gives a sweet, maple flavor to meats.

close up view of a turkey with Maple Brine wrapped with aluminum foil in an aluminum baking dish on a grill
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
18 cups


  • 4 quarts water, divided

  • 2 cups dark brown sugar

  • 1 cup soy sauce

  • 1 cup maple syrup

  • ¾ cup sea salt

  • 8 cloves whole garlic cloves, peeled

  • 6 bay leaves

  • 3 large fresh thyme sprigs

  • 2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns

  • 1 cup sour mash whiskey


  1. Place 2 quarts of water in a large pot over medium heat, and stir in brown sugar, soy sauce, maple syrup, sea salt, garlic cloves, bay leaves, thyme sprigs, peppercorns, and whiskey. Stir to dissolve brown sugar and salt; bring to a boil. Remove from heat, and stir in remaining 2 quarts of water. Allow brine to cool completely before using.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

180 Calories
0g Fat
37g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 18
Calories 180
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 4337mg 189%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 14%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 34g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 47mg 4%
Iron 43mg 237%
Potassium 139mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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