Hawaiian-Style Turkey Brine

Hawaiian Turkey Brine with Pineapple
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  • 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: Makes 1 gallon of brine
Ratings (4)

This turkey brine uses pineapple juices for liquid (buy the cheap stuff in large cans) and layers on salt from soy sauce and maple syrup for sweetness. This is truly one of the most flavorful brines you'll try.

What You'll Need

  • 4 quarts (3.8 liters) pineapple juice
  • 2 cups (475 mL) 
  • brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups (320 mL) soy sauce
  • 1 cup (240 mL) light maple syrup
  • 1 cup (240 mL) salt (1 1/2 cups or 360 mL Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 6 cloves garlic, cut into halves
  • 4 to 6 whole bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons (30 mL) red pepper, crushed

How to Make It

1. Combine all ingredients. Place turkey in large dish or container and pour brine over. Cover and allow to brine for 1 hour per pound. Because of the acid from the pineapple juice in this brine, you do not want to leave your turkey in the brine for too long.

2. Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey before cooking. Otherwise, there will be a salty flavor to the turkey. Read more on brining turkey.