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Hawaiian-Style Turkey Brine

User Rating 5 Star Rating (10 Reviews)


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 can try.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Makes 1 gallon of brine


  • 4 quarts pineapple juice
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/3 cups soy sauce
  • 1 cup light maple syrup
  • 1 cup salt (1 1/2 cups Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 6 cloves garlic, cut into halves
  • 4-6 whole bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper, crushed


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.

Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey before cooking. Otherwise there will be a salty flavor to the turkey. For a more detailed explanation, see my article on brining turkey.

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 5 out of 5
Fabulous brine, Member bleding

This will be the second time (at my daughter's request) for me to use this receipe. I use it and also a butter based marinade and then deep fry my turkey in peanut oil. Turns out wonderful. I have tried many different receipes and this is one of the best. Between Christmas and Thanksgiving, I normally fry about 10 turkeys a year. The skin comes out dark, crispy, and sweet. The meat in the bird is succulent. I will use it again and again.

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