Brown Sugar Chicken Brine


I decided to experiment with my normal go-to brine and added molasses and garlic. In place of regular sugar I used light brown sugar (what can I say, I like molasses). The family loved this. I think this is going to be my new go-to. This is enough brine for 8 pounds of whole chicken or bone-in chicken pieces and up to 10 pounds of skinless, boneless chicken breasts.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
1 gallon


  • ¾ cup kosher salt

  • ¾ cup light brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cayenne pepper

  • 1 gallon warm water

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • ¼ cup soy sauce


  1. Mix salt, brown sugar, garlic, and cayenne pepper together in a large bowl. Pour in water; stir until dissolved. Mix in molasses and soy sauce. Let stand until brine comes to room temperature, about 50 minutes.

Cook's Note:

To use, place chicken in brine, cover, and refrigerate for 4 hours (or overnight for whole chickens). Drain and pat chicken dry before cooking.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

58 Calories
15g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 58
% Daily Value *
Sodium 4508mg 196%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 107mg 2%

* 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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