cure-brined dry-rubbed smoked wings and thighs

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by dstar26t, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. dstar26t

    dstar26t Fire Starter

    Made a weak curing brine based on Pop's and put some wings and thighs in it for 48 hours.  Rinsed and dried them and put a dry rub on.  Then cooked/smoked them in a smokenator equipped Weber kettle with charcoal and pecan @ 300F until 160F IT and then seared them for that crispy skin.  Turned out really juicy, almost too juicy if that's possible.  Going to do some drumsticks in the same manner with a slightly different brine tonight.

    Thanks for looking,

    Last edited: Jan 29, 2016
  2. smokinal

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

    WOW NATE!!!

    Those wings look awesome!

    Great color!

  3. crankybuzzard

    crankybuzzard Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Those do look good!  Almost too juicy?  I think I'd love that!
  4. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Tasty looking bird parts!
  5. dstar26t

    dstar26t Fire Starter

    Thanks all.

    I went pretty weak on the curing-brine this time (75 ppm nitrite).  Stepping it up tonight.  I want to approach the cusp of pink meat while keeping the nitrite as low as possible.
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2016
  6. sauced

    sauced Master of the Pit

    Real nice looking wings! Gonna try this for the super bowl!! I use a Weber kettle and a slow n sear. Thanks!!
  7. dstar26t

    dstar26t Fire Starter

    I did some drumsticks the same way last night.  2% w/w kosher salt and light brown sugar each and 200 ppm nitrite in the brine.  After 48 hours in the brine, the chicken just started to take on a pink color.  I don't want to increase the nitrite any more so I will try a longer brine.  They come out really juicy, it's hard to over cook them.  No pics, sorry.  The skin shrunk back after some direct heat and they looked like crap.  Meat tasted awesome though.
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2016

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