Cider Pork Shoulder Brine

This Cider Pork Shoulder Brine is a great way to add tons of flavor to your smoked pork shoulder! Read on to learn everything you need to know about brines and brining pork shoulder.

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A brine is a solution made with simple ingredients: salt and water. When you soak your meat in this mixture, osmosis comes into play. Essentially, the salt in the brine moves into the meat until their salt levels balance out. This process also applies to sugar, enhancing the overall flavor.


1. In a large stock pot, combine the 1 quart water, salt, brown sugar, peppercorn, onion, garlic cloves, and bay leaf.


2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.


3. In a container large enough to fit the pork butt covered with the brine, apple cider, 3 quarts cold water, worcestershire sauce, and apple cider vinegar. Then, stir in the salt water mixture until combined.

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