brine recipes??

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Original poster
Mar 19, 2014
Hello everyone. I'm gonna smoke some chickens tomorrow. Any suggestions for an easy brine would be appreciated. Thank you.
Also any injectable marinades would be appreciated!!!!
I'm sorry I didn't see this sooner, I grill chicken all the time I mix salt, sugar, and a little Lowery's in some water, get my chicken cleaned and ready to go and let it soak for about 5 to 6 hours, sometimes longer. (I usually get it ready around noon so it will be ready to go on for supper. When I am ready to start grilling I rinse the chicken, pat it dry, rub with olive oil (or whatever you like) sprinkle it with seasoning and put it on the grill. I usually grill my chicken at about 300º . Hope this helps   Sorry again for being so late.

Gary S
I watch Americas Test Kitchen all the time and follow many of their tips and recipes. I love the science behind cooking..

Anyway they have a chicken brine that I have been using without fail for all my chicken before cooking....

This is their formula for chicken or turkey..

If you have coarse kosher salt you have to double it because table salt is denser then kosher salt...

This will not make your chicken salty, note the recipe for boneless skinless is different...This will produce a very moist chicken. Especially when grilling which has a tendency to dry chicken out..You will not be disappointed..

Get a vessel large enough to hold the water. Refrigerate during the brining process, do not leave out, bacteria is active over 40 deg..

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