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Beer Brined Chicken

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

I picked up 5 pounds of chicken leg quarters and 5 pounds of split breasts at the store this week and was looking to do something a little different with them. I came up with a simple beer brine that worked great. The chicken was juicy and tender (as it always is when I brine it) and it had a ton of flavor. 

 

Beer Brine:

4.5 quarts water

4 12oz beers

1.5 cups salt

2 cups brown sugar

1 T chipotle powder

1 T ground red pepper

 

Since the brine had enough salt I made up a quick salt-free rub:

 

2 T black pepper

1 t onion powder

1 t garlic powder

1/2 t chipotle powder

1/2 t ground red pepper

 

And to continue with the chipotle theme I had going, the wife made a chiptole BBQ sauce:

 

1 C ketchup

1/2 C finely diced onion

1/3 C brown sugar

1/3 C molasses

4 T ACV

1 t chipotle powder

 

It was my best chicken to date.

 

post #2 of 10

What temp did you smoke them at, and how long did they take?  Looks great.

 

Richard

post #3 of 10

chicken looks great, very good color, never used a beer brine, can you taste the beer when it is cooked?

dannylang

post #4 of 10

It all looks GREAT!

Happy smoken.

David

post #5 of 10

You had me at beer, nice work! 

post #6 of 10

Looks good I use beer a lot as a tenderizer, have to try as a brine. Guess I will have to wait, for someone to bring light beer over here.

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Bear55 View Post
 

What temp did you smoke them at, and how long did they take?  Looks great.

 

Richard

240 degrees and it took about 3.5 hours.

 

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Originally Posted by dannylang View Post
 

chicken looks great, very good color, never used a beer brine, can you taste the beer when it is cooked?

dannylang

You couldn't taste the beer itself but it had more flavor than when I brine without it. My wife asked "what is that flavor" when she took her first bite.

 

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Originally Posted by tropics View Post
 

Looks good I use beer a lot as a tenderizer, have to try as a brine. Guess I will have to wait, for someone to bring light beer over here.

I have the same problem at my house. When my wife was heading to the store I specifically asked for "cheap beer". She came back with PBR!

post #8 of 10

do not understand, you really do not need to tenderize chicken, did the beer add that much flavor, to use it, instead of a brine. or just a different flavor concept.

dannylang

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by dannylang View Post
 

do not understand, you really do not need to tenderize chicken, did the beer add that much flavor, to use it, instead of a brine. or just a different flavor concept.

dannylang

It was just for a different flavor. I really had no idea how it would work out but I figured it was worth a try. I know that beer can chickens are extremely popular so I thought why not try a beer brine.

post #10 of 10

never though of it like that, good job. will add this to my bag of tricks.

thanks

dannylang

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