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Basic Brine Recipe

This is a basic brine recipe for smoking meat. You can add ingredients based on your personal taste. I sometimes add apple cider vinnegar or soy sauce.


This makes 1 quart of brine

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 cups water


In a medium bowl, combine the salt, sugar and water. Whisk vigorously until all the salt and sugar is dissolved. Then pour this mixture over the meat. Soak for several hours, or overnight. Make sure that the meat is fully submerged in the brine, and make more brine as needed to fully cover the meat.

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