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Simple Brine Recipe For Chicken (or Fish)

With this simple brine recipe you’ll have juicy, succulent smoked chicken (or fish) every single time. You can even experiment by adding your own spices to the base mix…

You will need:

  • Non-reactive container
  • Cold water
  • Kosher salt
  • (optional) flavoring ingredients

Simple Brine Recipe For Chicken or Fish

What is brining, you ask? It’s a method to essentially add more moisture to the meat before smoking it. This results in a much juicier end product, and if you opt to add more flavoring ingredients, a richer experience for your taste buds.

The most basic of brines is simply ½ cup of Kosher salt dissolved in ½ gallon of cold water (make sure it’s cold!)

You can add just about everything to this base. Some ideas include whisky or tequila, Worcestershire or some other sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, spices… The possibilities are endless!

Make sure you mix your brine in a non-reactive container such as a small plastic cooler, a glass dish or a ziploc bag. Avoid metal containers.

After mixing the brine, place the meat inside a non-reactive container and pour the brine on top. The liquid should completely cover the meat. Place the container in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or overnight.

When done, rinse off the meat, dry it, and proceed to season and smoke it like you were planning to do since the beginning.

Enjoy!

 

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Pitmaster Jef Spencer is just a regular guy who loves smoking meat, BBQ and entertaining friends over a great meal and cocktail.Through years of experimentation on the grill and learning from other Pitmasters he has become known for turning out some great backyard meals.(When there is Smoke at Jef’s house, the neighbors like to peer over the fence and sometimes just come on over for dinner.)As an avid woodworker and garage shop tinkerer Jef has applied his skills to build his own custom smokers and BBQs to further his love of the grill.In the last few years he has been sharing his love of smoking meat, cocktails and backyard entertainment through his YouTube channel “Smoked Meat With Jef”, where anyone passionate about grilling up a meal can find “How To” videos, product reviews, tips and tricks to make their next BBQ experience better…. and sometimes more unique.
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