Brine For Chicken

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by marty vw, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. marty vw

    marty vw Fire Starter

    I used a brine recipe that I found on here last time I smoked a chicken.
    It was 1 gallon of water 1 cup salt 1 cup brown sugar. And also worcestershire sauce but I can't remeber how much. It was very good so I want to try it again. Anyone know how much. thanks for any help
  2. pitrow

    pitrow Smoking Fanatic

    My brine is similar to what you mention, but only 3/4 cup salt. I use 1/4 cup worcestershire in it, so I'd image that would work for you.

    Here's mine:
    1 gallon water
    3/4 cup non-iodonized salt
    1 cup brown sugar
    3 cups apple cider
    1/2 cup lemon juice
    1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
    1 oz maple flavoring
    1 tsp ginger
    3 Tbsp ground black pepper
    2 Tbsp minced garlic
    1 cup dry minced onions
    2 bay leaves
    2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  3. marty vw

    marty vw Fire Starter

    Hey thanks PitRow I will try that Can't wait smoking 2 chickens sunday
  4. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Whatever you think, just experiment, don't be affraid.
  5. seboke

    seboke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yep, brines are not an exact science by any means. They do not "cure" meat (then you would need accurate measurements of a curing solution), but are more of a flavor enhancer. You're spot-on for the basic brine, but again, alter it to your taste and add whatever spices you think will be flavorful (garlic, rosemary, onions, whatever!)
  6. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Be careful as to how much salt use you in ratio to how long you have the bird in the brine. The salt can overpower if you go for a long brine.
  7. marty vw

    marty vw Fire Starter

    Thanks to all the feedback
  8. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Here's my Smoke in the Hollar brine:

    1 1/2 Gal Water
    1/2 C salt
    1/2 C Dark Brown Sugar
    2 tsp garlic Powder
    2 tsp Onion Powder
    2 tsp Cajun Spice
    2 tsp Celery Salt

    This is a nice basic brine, yall can add whatever trips yer trigger.

    Also, fer a spritz that gives a decent skin an a nice sheen:

    Smoke in the Hollar spritz:

    8 oz Apple Cider
    6 oz Water
    4 oz Whiskey
    2 oz Cider Vinegar

    Hope these hep ya out some!

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