brining partially frozen chickens? (with Q-View tomorrow!)

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by ismoke, Sep 17, 2011.

  1. ismoke

    ismoke Meat Mopper

    I'm fully expecting that these may not absorb the brine quite right, but this is the situation I'm in.  I rarely get weekend days off, and when I found out I could take tomorrow off, I grabbed a couple whole birds out of the freezer, along with a prime rib roast I had in there.  That was Thursday.  I get home tonight from work, check my fridge, and...still frozen solid.  like hard.  Like they'd never come out of the freezer.  I got them in some water to help speed up the thawing process, but now it's time that I need to get the brine made, and there is still a block of ice in the cavity of the bird.  Here goes nothing!

    I made this brine up on the spot, so we'll see how it goes:

    1.5 gallons water

    .5 gallons apple juice

    1 3/4 c Kosher

    1 3/4 c brown sugar

    1 tbsp Garlic Powder

    1 tbsp Onion Powder

    1 tbsp paprika

    1 tsp cayenne 

    about 10 whole black peppercorns

    I was just working with what I had....hope it turns out!  Thoughts?
  2. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Your 'block of ice' inside won't brine, but the brine itself should help thaw them out a little though so it could help.  Flip and massage them to work out the 'frozeness' as much as you can; even an hour with unfrozen meat fibers in brine will help spread flavor and extra moisture throughout the bird. 
  3. ismoke

    ismoke Meat Mopper

    well, it had thawn out nicely this morning, so hopefully all is well.  Unfortunately it's raining, and I don't have suitable cover for my WSM to make this, instead of Q-view, you get Oven View!  I know, not the same, but I promised pr0n, so here it is....

    Going in the 300 oven....


    On the right is using the smoking guns mild rub, and the left is 3 little pigs kansas city sweet, these are 2 of my wife's favorites....
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    How'd they turn out?
  5. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Must have had  to go back to work...

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