Brine Help?

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Original poster
Dec 16, 2010
Got 4 chickens in apple cider and kosher salt brine for about an hour now and I have been called to the hospital. I was going to brine for about 4 to 5 hours, but I could be at the hospital for about 8 to 10.  Any suggestions on what to do?  I have to leave in 2 hours and won't be able to start smoking until I get back.
I don't know how much salt you have in your brine but mine uses a fair amount and I always brine mine over night so I would think you would be fine to leave them in until you get back.
I usually brine poultry for up to 12 hours with no problems sometimes over night

I think another 8-10 hours will be fine

just be sure and rinse well before you smoke to be sure they arent too salty
Bigpinkoak, if it were me,I'd take them out and do the brine when you get back.

I feel they would be too salty in for 8 hrs,(or whatever)

You'll probably get others in a bit,so sit back andsee what kind of answers you get

Have fun and remember to,
I always brine overnight, never had a problem. I would just make sure you rinse them off well, perhaps let them sit in some clean water for an hour and you should be good to go.
I agree overnight would be ok. Just soak in water for an hour or so like Porked said, before you smoke them.

I have been brinning mine for about 12 to 14 hours, no prob's here. Make sure to rinse well and good luck.

I use 1 cup kosher salt and 1/2 cup sugar to a gallan of water. Always taste great. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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