Brine & Bake Pheasant

This recipe is absolutely perfect for any dinner party you might be having. The flavor is absolutely amazing and perfect!
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1-2 Whole Pheasant approximately 2.5 lb bird ideal
  • 2 Quarts Water
  • 1/2 Cup Salt Pickling, Sea or Kosher is best
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Honey or Maple Syrup
  • 1 Small Onion Chopped finely
  • 3-4 Cloves Garlic Chopped finely
  • 1 Stalk Celery Chopped finely
  • 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice Or juice from one lemon
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper Optional
  • 2 Tbsp Butter Softened
  • 2 Tbsp Butter Cold
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • Paprika To taste


  • In large sauce pan, heat water until starting to steam and add salt, brown sugar and honey.
  • Turn off heat and stir until dissolved.
  • Allow to cool for ½ hr to 1 hour to room temperature.
  • Then add the onion, garlic, celery, lemon and optional cayenne; mix and add pheasant. 
  • Cover and refrigerate at least 12 hrs (overnight is best to make for dinner the following evening).
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove pheasant from brine and discard brine.
  • Pat dry with paper towel; place breast side up in roasting pan.
  • Put 1 T butter under skin on each side of breast.
  • Then brush the softened butter over the skin on top. Add salt, pepper and paprika to taste. 
  • Roast for 1 1/2 hr, basting frequently, then take temperature in thigh and breast.
  • Temperature should read 165 degrees.
  • Once it reaches this temperature, remove from oven and cover in a warm place to rest for 10 minutes to allow reabsorption of juices.
  • Carve and enjoy!


Stuff cavity with small whole lemon and 1/2 onion chopped.
Stuff cavity with fresh sage, parsely and chopped garlic/onion.
Top breast and wrap drumstick with bacon.
Add ‘seasonal’ spices such as clove, nutmeg or cinnamon to brine and serve with cranberry sauce
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