Hawaiian-Style Brine Recipe

Can’t make it to Hawaii by dinner time? Well that’s o.k, you can bring a taste to Hawaii home to you!

This brine is amazing! It makes quite a lot, so cut the recipe down depending on how much meat you are using. I have used this on pork shoulder and chicken, it is REALLY good on both. I am curious to try it on salmon next. It works great in the over, but I personally think everything tastes better cooked on the BBQ.

hawaii brine


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


  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Stir well until all the salt and sugar is dissolved
  3. Place meat in large dish or container and pour brine over. (Make sure you use a glass or plastic container forย any brine recipe. Metal does not react well with the salt.)
  4. Cover and allow to brine for 24-48 hours.
  5. When ready to cook, drain meat and cook (do not rinse the brine off the meat)


Source: Food.com


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  1. Yum, sounds so wonderful! Thanks for the metal tip, I never thought about it. Thanks for sharing, I’m copying it to try for my first BBQ of the season!

    • You wont regret it! It is VERY tasty! Make sure you use kosher salt for any brines as well… makes a big difference in taste ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Looks yummy–can’t wait to try this!

  3. Amanda Greene-Lebeck says:

    Sounds so amazing, and the picture is just making me hungry, no fair :/ I’m going to try the recipe, Thanks!!

  4. Lily Kwan says:

    This recipe looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Debbie Rhoades says:

    My husband loves to cook pork loin AND salmon, and this brine will work for both of them. YUM YUM YUM, thank you so much!

  6. ANN*H says:

    Oh my gosh this sounds so good I cant wait to make it. I like this kind of flavor on meats especially if I am going to grill them. The meat in the picture looks like something I could just dive right into – so delicious .thanks so much for this recipe- its a keeper

    • It is good. Trust me!! It seems like a lot of work but sooooo good. well worth it. And the smell when its cooking??? YUMMO!

  7. Becky Schollian says:

    YUM!! My is Hawaiian and loves to cook. He made a great Hawaiian/pineapple ham but nothing like this!! Always looking to add new recipes to the Rolodex. this is a must have. My family will love it.

    • Seriously try this stuff out. On chicken or pork…i have not tried it on fish, but it would prob be good. It is sooooo tasty. The smell while it is cooking is nuts! I love this stuff..lol.

  8. Amy N. says:

    Oh this sounds soooo good! I’ve used just pineapple on ham and turkey before, which was wonderful…so this would be even better for next time!

  9. I’m really not much of a cook so pardon my ignorance. What is the brine for? Flavor?

    • Never feel bad for asking a question. The brine is for flavor and it makes the meat very very moist. It is WELL worth the time to brine first. And If you google brine recipes you will find many.

  10. I can tell from all the ingredients that I am going to love this brine.I am going to try a roast of pork first.Thanks

  11. Chrystal D says:

    This sounds REALLY good! I’m going to try it with pork roast. Thanks!

  12. Becky Schollian says:

    Update for you Jeanna. My Son-in-law bought a smoker over the weekend. I suggested this recipe and it was delicious!! The meat came out so tender. Thanks so much we enjoyed it!!

  13. Since I was here last asking what brine is we’ve tried the recipe and it is really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  14. Terri says:

    Ohhhh, that would be soooo good on a ham! Thank you for sharing the recipe!!

  15. Nena Sinclair says:

    This sounds absolutely delicious! I Pinned it and emailed it (to myself! lol) I’ve gotta use this recipe very soon! Thanks for sharing! I bet it would be wonderful to cook the meat in the slow cooker!

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