Do you brine or marinade

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by graphicsman, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. I'm on the hunt for a good recipe for some chicken legs.  I have an event going out in two weeks and want to fire the smoker for it.  I thought chicken would be the best route but I have read many threads being saying they brine instead of marinade.  My question: why??  What is the overall effect??  Also, any solid chicken marinades, lol (search lazy after 5 pages).  I am doing 100-175 legs (will know exactly this weekend.  

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    Last edited: Apr 25, 2012
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    GM, morning.....  Brining will keep the legs moist during and after cooking...  Adding spices etc. to the brine will add flavor to the meat and the brine becomes a marinade....  Garlic, onion, basil, honey, brown sugar, pepper etc. are just a few of the spices that can be added to a brine....

    If you are making that many legs, make up different marinade mixes.... Add a few HOT CHILI's is also a good idea.....  

    I don't have any specific marinades I use.... sometimes I throw in Cajun spice.... what ever is in my hand at the time....  Dave
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  3. This sounds good but it looks more like a marinade than a brine. I brine all my poultry and seems to help with the meat moisture. I used the Slaughterhouse ones for my Thanksgiving turkey and it was the best I've even done. 

    Here's a few links to some brines:          This link has two recipes
  4. austinl

    austinl Smoking Fanatic

    Whatever recipe you use; I've found that you can go pretty crazy on seasoning brines (except for the standard ratios of salt and sugar to water) because the end result will be much milder in flavor.
  5. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Marinade only.
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Typically Marinades contain a large proportion of Acid compared to Salt. Brines are the opposite, high in Salt and may or may not contain some Acid...JJ
  7. Do a brine and add some cinnamon to it you will not be dissapointed.
  8. bruno994

    bruno994 Master of the Pit

    I do a simple brine that has turned out many a great smoked yardbird.  I have used this brine for numerous time lengths (from 4 to 24 hours) and gotten great results.  I have used it with chicken halves, cut up chickens, and whole chickens, same results everytime.  Juicy, slightly spicy and great flavor.

    1 gallon water

    1 cup sugar

    1 cup kosher salt

    1/2 cup dark brown sugar

    1 tbsp cayenne pepper

    1 tbsp onion powder

    Simple, but works for me.
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