Sweet tea brine for chicken, ribs and more – a Southern flavor secret!

Got a big batch of fresh tea brewing? Or leftover tea from last night’s dinner? Mix up a sweet-tea brine that will give you the tenderest, most flavorful grilled, smoked, baked or deep-fried chicken, pork and turkey to ever fall off a fork. This salty-sweet brine pulls its flavors into the meat and actually tenderizes it before you begin cooking, so it’s especially handy for tougher, drier cuts of meat. From ribs to fried chicken, these tea-brined favorites will be show-stoppers at your next BBQ, picnic or family meal.

Tea Brined Roast Chicken

Marinate and baste a whole roasting chicken with sweet tea and bourbon brine to keep everyone coming back for more.

Sweet Tea Brined Pork Chops with Grilled Peaches


Brined and glazed with sweet tea and a dash of lemon juice, these chops are soaked in sweet and sour flavor.

Sweet Tea Brined Fried Chicken

Marinating chicken in a brine of freshly brewed tea seasoned with aromatic herbs makes each bite crispy on the outside and tender, moist and full of flavor on the inside.

Tea Brined Turkey with Bourbon and Sweet Tea Glaze


Sweet tea brine makes a turkey tender, never dry, and bursting with Southern flavor. Baste it with sweet tea and bourbon to add a crispy layer of flavor on the outside.

Tea Brined St. Louis Short Ribs

Tea-Brined St. Louis Ribs
Brine ribs in sweet tea and bourbon, then cook low and slow in the oven and finish on the grill for a nice smoky flavor. Use this brine for ribs, pork loin, pork chops or chicken.