How to Brine Wild Game

Serving size

1 gallon; 1/2 cup

Time to make

45 minutes; 15 minutes

Ingredients

Classic Brine
1 cup kosher salt
1 cup sugar
1 gallon of water
2 tbsp. peppercorns
4-6 bay leaves
4 – 6 sprigs of fresh herbs

Garlic and Herb Salt
1/2 cup kosher salt
2 tbsp of mixed fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, parsley, or sage
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 lemon, zested
1 tbsp. fresh cracked pepper

Also works with

all wild game

How to make it

1

Classic Brine

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the salt. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool. You can add a little ice to speed up the process.
  2. Once completely cool, (DO NOT add while warm) pour the brine over the meat in a large, non-reactive bowl. Cover and transfer to the refrigerator for 8 to 48 hours depending on weight of meat.
  3. Before cooking, rinse the meat with cool water.

Garlic and Herb Salt

  1. Mince the herbs and garlic as finely as you can. Add to a bowl with the kosher salt, cracked pepper, and lemon zest. Mix well and spread the salt across a sheet tray in a thin layer. Allow to dry out overnight and store in an airtight container. For faster drying time you can place inside a dehydrator on the lowest setting.
  2. This recipe makes roughly half a cup. When ready to use, season gamebirds over and under the skin with only as much salt as needed to lightly cover. You don’t want to make it so salty that it needs rinsing. Let the seasoned meat rest in the refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours uncovered. Pat the skin very dry before cooking.

 

Serving size

1 gallon; 1/2 cup

Time to make

45 minutes; 15 minutes

Ingredients

Classic Brine
1 cup kosher salt
1 cup sugar
1 gallon of water
2 tbsp. peppercorns
4-6 bay leaves
4 – 6 sprigs of fresh herbs

Garlic and Herb Salt
1/2 cup kosher salt
2 tbsp of mixed fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme, parsley, or sage
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 lemon, zested
1 tbsp. fresh cracked pepper

Also works with

all wild game

Special equipment

Pot, whisk, large non-reactive container