To make this flavorful brine, place the apple cider, brown sugar, salt, peppercorns, juniper berries and fresh thyme into a large pot. Slice the heads of garlic horizontally and add to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil. Once everything has dissolved, turn off the heat, cover and set aside to steep and cool.
Before brining, add 5 liters/quarts of cold water and 2 liters/quarts of ice to the mixture. You will be ready to brine up to 15 pounds of turkey, chicken or pork.
- 2 liters/quarts apple cider
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, maple syrup or honey
- 1 1/2 cups kosher salt (or 3/4 cup table salt)
- 1 tbsp black peppercorns
- 20 juniper berries
- 10 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 heads fresh garlic
- 5 liters/quarts cold water
- 2 liters/quarts ice