chicken in brine too long?

Discussion in 'Grilling Chicken' started by unclejoeyv, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. unclejoeyv

    unclejoeyv Fire Starter

    How long is it safe to keep boneless skinless thighs in pops brine? (has cure #1 in it)

    It's been nearly a month. I didn't have time to cook them when I originally planned to an still never got around to it.

    If they are safe to eat I'd grind them for chicken sausage. If I'm asking for trouble I'll toss.

    Opinions welcome


  2. Joe

    I'm going to say they are fine. Does it have any smell or slime?

    Happy smoken.

  3. unclejoeyv

    unclejoeyv Fire Starter

    No bad smells. I haven't taken any out of the brine to check for any sliminess or stringiness. If the pieces are slimy or the brine has become stringy it will get tossed.
  4. unclejoeyv

    unclejoeyv Fire Starter

    Anybody else care to weigh in?
  5. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Just ask yourself if a couple dollars of meat is worth it.
  6. unclejoeyv

    unclejoeyv Fire Starter


    thanks for a little perspective. [​IMG]

    Chicken tossed.
  7. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I agree..................
  8. Here's a copy/paste from my private messages directly with pops.



    Dec 18, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Oh great and wise bacon guru,[​IMG]  I am in need of your advice. I put a belly in your brine last sunday, it should have been ready to pull out yesterday. My problem is, I have had a terrible gout flair up and am bed bound. Is it ok to just leave the belly in the brine for a few extra days?




    Dec 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    oh sure, it's good for at least 30 days up to 45 days, not a problem!  Just keep it cold in the fridge!


    Dec 18, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Good deal!! 

    Thanks a lot.

  9. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  10. I have a question regarding brining chicken thighs, is it ok to brine a day or 2 before you plan on cooking, pull them out and apply the rub and keep in fridge until day of smoking?

    Smoking (60) thighs for the Husky game so wanted to be prepared a day or 2 before.

  11. i dont see why not, as long as you keep them refrigerated you should be fine.
  12. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Not an issue. I have brined Chix Thighs for 1-5 days without issue then I let them dry a day or two for a crispier skin. The rub will help dry the skin and add more flavor...JJ
  13. Thanks for the help!

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