Brine Your Way to Juicier Meat

We're taking the brine way past your holiday turkey! Get the juiciest, most succulent bite of meat from your grill with these recipes that begin with a good brine.

  • Clinched and Planked Chicken Thighs
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

    Clinched and Planked Chicken Thighs

    The basic brine for these chicken thighs includes plenty of spices and lemon for added flavor.
  • B-Side Brown Sugar Smoked Brisket
    Photo: Thomas J. Story

    B-Side Brown Sugar Smoked Brisket

    The bourbon in this brown sugar brine adds flavor and helps tenderize the meat.
  • Grilled Pork Chops with Brown-sugar Brine and Onion-Peach Marmalade
    Photo: Leigh Beisch; Styling: Dan Becker

    Grilled Pork Chops with Brown-sugar Brine and Onion-Peach Marmalade

    Because modern pork is very lean, the meat can easily dry out when cooked. Using a brine adds moisture and flavor to the chops.
  • Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

    Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken

    For the tastiest chicken ever, brine a whole cut-up chicken in the South's signature beverage—sweet tea with lemon.
  • Cider-Brined Pork Chops with Grilled Apples

    Cider-Brined Pork Chops with Grilled Apples

    Grilled pork chops benefit dramatically from a hard cider brine that penetrates right to the middle of the meat and an apple-brandy glaze that coats the outside of the pork with a tangy sweetness.
  • Grilled Shrimp with Sangrita
    Photo: France Ruffenach

    Grilled Shrimp with Sangrita

    Marinating shrimp in a seafood brine ensures moisture retention and enhances the flavors of this exquisite hors d'oeuvre.
  • Barbecued Chicken
    Photo: Thayer Allyson Gowdy

    Barbecued Chicken

    From chef Tyler Florence, everything you could want in a piece of barbecued chicken: moist meat, crisp skin, and tangy sauce. See his step-by-step tutorial on brining chicken at the end of the gallery.
  • Coffee and Molasses-Brined Pork Chops
    Karry Hosford

    Coffee and Molasses-Brined Pork Chops

    Coffee adds a background flavor that helps bring out the sweet yet bitter undertone of the molasses. This brine is also excellent with chicken thighs and drumsticks, and pork or beef ribs.
  • Chai-Brined Shrimp Skewers
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Chai-Brined Shrimp Skewers

    A brine made with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves is infused with black tea leaves before hitting the shrimp.
  • Charcoal-grilled Pork Shoulder with Fresh Herbs and Roasted Garlic
    Photo: Thomas J. Story; Styling: Randy Mon

    Charcoal-grilled Pork Shoulder with Fresh Herbs and Roasted Garlic

    Brining the pork shoulder for at least one day prior to cooking on the charcoal grill gives the meat a melt-in-your-mouth tender finish.
  • Buttermilk-Brined Grilled Chicken
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Food Styling: Amy Wilson

    Buttermilk-Brined Grilled Chicken

    Buttermilk-Brined Grilled Chicken is soaked in a mixture of buttermilk, brown sugar, and hot sauce to ensure flavor and juiciness.
  • Mackerel with Herb Salad
    Photo: Marcus Nilsson; Styling: Victoria Granof

    Mackerel with Herb Salad

    Brining the fish in water with salt and sugar heightens its natural flavor, but it also provides a little added insurance that the fish will remain moist.
  • <p>How to Brine Chicken</p>

    Video: How to Brine Chicken

    Learn how to make a brine for grilled chicken with Food Network star Tyler Florence.

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