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Simple Pork Shoulder Brine - Using a brine makes your pork butt extra tender and juicy, every time!
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Simple Pork Shoulder Brine

Simple Pork Shoulder Brine - Serve moist and delicious meat every time with this simple pork shoulder brine.
Prep Time5 mins
Brine Time12 hrs
Course: BBQ, Grilling, Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: barbecue, brine, grilling, pork butt, pork shoulder, smoked, summer
Author: Don't Sweat The Recipe


  • 10 C Water
  • 3/4 C Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 C Sugar
  • 4 Rosemary Sprigs
  • 2 tbsp Peppercorns
  • 2 Bay leafs
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 6 cloves Garlic, cracked
  • 1 tbsp Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne


  • Dissolve salt, sugar in the water
  • Add the rest of the ingredients
  • Add the meat to the brine
  • Fully submerge meat and refrigerate for 12-18 hours, depending on the size of the cut of meat