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Serrano Citrus Brine Recipe

For this Serrano Citrus Brine Recipe equal parts kosher salt and sugar, peppercorns, fresh oregano and thyme, serrano peppers and garlic cloves.
Prep Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American, Western
Keyword: brine, brine recipe, citrus brine recipe
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 195kcal


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 serrano chilies
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • several sprigs of fresh thyme
  • several sprigs of fresh oregano
  • 1 tbsp peppercorns
  • 2 tangelos or oranges
  • 8 cups water separated


  • In a contain large enough to submerge the meat add the first seven ingredients. Be sure to use the side of a knife and crack the garlic cloves and peppercorns.
  • Add 4 cups of boiling water and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Stir to dissolve the sugar and salt.
  • Add the juice of 1 tangelo or orange, the other sliced and the 4 cups of cold water. Mix thoroughly and gently add the meat being sure to keep covered with liquid brine.
  • Cover and allow to brine a minimum of 5 hours , but I find it best if overnight.
  • Remove from brine and grill meat to your liking.


Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 14200mg | Potassium: 389mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 540IU | Vitamin C: 79.2mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 2.3mg