brine or no brine

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by dannylang, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. was looking to smoke a chicken this weekend, i usually inject, instead of brine. i did not think that the brine would soak threw the skin. please help...

    Danny Lang
     
  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Danny I brine all my birds and parts, 

    Richie
     
  3. richie will the brine penetrate the skin?

    Danny Lang
     
  4. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Danny yes it will penetrate,you also have the body cavity that is wide open.

    Richie
     
  5. phatbac

    phatbac Master of the Pit

    I brine sometimes and sometimes i don't. last weekend i cooked a whole bird cut into parts and didn't brine and it still very juicy and delicious.

    Happy Smoking,

    phatbac (Aaron)
     
  6. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Brine is the way to go on chickens and turkeys.
     
  7. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Depends. If your looking to add flavor then brine. If your looking to add moisture, there is no need to brine. Brining takes longer to get the flavor into the meat than injecting.

    A properly cooked bird will be moist without injecting or brining.
     

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