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Pork Brine

Salt and sugar regularly appear in brines, but this one, specially formulated for pork, uses apple vinegar as its dominant ingredient, which gives it an unexpected kick. Use this brine for any cut of pork. It only takes about 15 minutes of prep time and about two hours for marinating, which allows for fairly last-minute grilling or pan-frying. What's more, the editor at Allrecipes.com says each serving comes in at a lean 311 calories, 5.7 grams of fat and 100 mg of cholesterol. Use this pork brine recipe for a healthier way to season meat compared to dishing up fattening, store-bought sauces.


  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 tray ice cubes


Bring vinegar to a boil. Combine salt, brown sugar, peppercorns and mustard powder in a separate plastic bowl with a lid. Pour hot vinegar into the mixture, and stir until dissolved. Allow the mixture to steep for 10 minutes. Add ice cubes, stirring until they melt. Place the meat inside the bowl, seal it, then refrigerate for two hours.

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