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Holiday Ham Brine

Yield

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons black (or mixed) peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons whole cloves
  • 8 bay leaves
  • 4 to 5 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1 cup cider vinegar

How to Make It

  1. Mix all ingredients with 6 quarts cold water in a large plastic bucket or container; stir until sea salt and sugar dissolve. Completely submerge ham in the liquid; cover and refrigerate for 24 hours. Remove ham from liquid, rinse with cold water, and pat dry.