favorite whole chicken brine

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by suds1421, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. suds1421

    suds1421 Newbie

    What is everyones whole chicken brine? I am smoking my first whole chicken soon and want to try a brine. Help a newbie please...
  2. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Suds, I haven't welcomed you yet, so glad to have you here...

    Now for a brine. This is just a solution of salt and sugar along with flavor (Onion,Garlic , Chile or what floats your boat , here is a site that has several recipes and amounts of ingredients:http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/search.php?search=Brines+for+Poultry

    Hope this helps and ...
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  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Welcome to the SMF Family...This is what I use for Whole smoked Chicken...JJ

    Families Favorite Brine

    1/2C Kosher Salt

    2T Paprika

    2T Gran. Garlic

    2T Gran. Onion

    2T Dry Thyme

    2T Black Pepper

    1C Vinegar (Any)

    1-11/2Gal Cold Water to cover Chix

    1T Red Pepper Flake Optional

    Mix well and Soak the Bird over night or up to 24 Hours.

    Remove the Chix, rinse if desired and pat dry with paper towels.

    Place in an open container in the refrigerator overnight or up to 24 hours for the Skin to dry.

    This will give a crispier skin when Smokng or Roasting...

    Bubba Chix Rub

    1/2C Raw Sugar

    2T Paprika (I use Smoked if I'm just Grilling)

    1T Cayenne

    1T Gran. Garlic

    1T Gran. Onion

    1tsp Black Pepper

    1tsp Wht Pepper

    1tsp Allspice

    1tsp Bell's Poultry Seasoning (optional)

    Mix well and rub on Oil or Butter coated Chicken.

    Reduce Cayenne to 1teaspoon if less heat is desired.

    Good Luck!
  4. 8 cups water

    1/2 cup Kosher salt

    1/4 cup Old Bay Garlic and Herb

    1/2 cup brown sugar

    Heat all above on stove till dissolved let cool before use.
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  5. Hi Jimmy, Jim here too. My first smoker experience will be a whole chicken this week end. I've seen your recipies for brine and rub, and I'll probably be using them. My biggest question now is How long to I use smoke in the recipe. I don't mean how long do I cook, but do I supply the wood chips for the whole cooking time, or only the beginning or end ??? I saw something jeff wrote about only smoking for 2 hrs., but cooking for 4 + - . I'm a little nervous about it being too smokey.  As far as the cooking part, I'm going with about 200deg until the chicken reaches 170 internal. I also plan on kicking up the temp for the last 30-40 minutes to give the skin a little crackle.  Tell me where I'm right (if anywhere) and wrong.

        I burn wood for my main source of household and garage heat in upstate NY. I've seen what happens when wood smolders too low, and I'm scared of giving my chicken a nice coating of creasote. How do I avoid that ? Thanks for your time and help Jim. Take a drive up here some weekend and have a few beers with me & my other Jersey buddies .  Seeya, Jim S, Bainbridge NY
  6. dumbwhiteperson

    dumbwhiteperson Fire Starter

    Thanks for this :) I just put my first chicken in your brine recipe to sit overnight. I am attempting my first smoke ever tomorrow.
  7. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    No problem...I hope you enjoy it as much as all that have eaten my Chicken and Turkey...JJ
  8. jonjoniam

    jonjoniam Newbie


    What wood do you use with this combination?

    Gran Garlic/Onion is Garlic Powder and Onion powder? "Raw Sugar" is "regular" sugar?


  9. dracornelius

    dracornelius Newbie

    Hi Chef jimmy, i brine my chicken last night using your recipe, if i decided not to rinse, do you recomended using the same rub of your recipe?
  10. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I don't usually rinse either. I drain and dry with paper towel. If I have scheduled right I give the bird a night in the refer to dry a bit but that doesn't always happen. I dry it off, apply the Rub, mixed with bacon grease is awesome, and in the smoker or oven. 

    If you look at spices in the store, they all say Garlic Powder but some will look like Sand and some like Baby Powder. I look for and use the courser Garlic Powder which in a pro kitchen and spice shops is called Granulated. Raw Sugar aka, Turbinado Sugar, is just a course grain dried Sugar Cane Juice. There is no processing or molasses removal like White Sugar. Raw Sugar has a better taste and does not burn easily at smoking temps. Smoke wise I use A-MAZE-N Pitmasters Choice Pellets in an AMNPS Pellet Smoke Generator. I like any Fruit wood and frequently mix Apple and Hickory. My family thinks straight Hickory is too strong.

    I missed your first post and found this by luck. Anytime you post and I don't answer by the next day, PM me. You, or anyone, can also feel free to PM anytime for my help. Good Luck with the bird...JJ
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2014
  11. dracornelius

    dracornelius Newbie

    I cooked 2 birds, one with your recipe and the other with another recipe,,, everyone agreed that your recipe was the best!!! I didnt rinse The chicken and came very good!! NeXT time i'm going to Add your Rub! Thanks chef jimmy!!!!!
  12. goliath

    goliath Smoking Fanatic

    i found this somewhere on this site a year or so ago and i am very pleased with it .....

    I take a standard poultry brine of:

    1 Gal Water
    2.5 oz Salt - Kosher
    2.5 oz Sugar
    1 ½  tsp Garlic Powder
    1 ½  tsp Onion Powder
    1 ½  tsp Cajun Spice (Louisiana Cajun Seasoning)
    1 ½  tsp Celery Seed

    To that I add a grocery store size bottle of Kraft Catalina Salad Dressing and a bottle of Crystal Hot Sauce.

    For the individual pieces I marinate 24 hours.  For the whole bird I go up to 48 hours. 

    Once out of the marinade and drained, they get rubbed in:

    ¾ C. Sugar
    1 T Kosher Salt
    2T Black Pepper
    1T Garlic
    1T Onion
    2T Old Bay
    4T Paprika
    2 t dry mustard
    ½ t ground bay
    ½ t ground rosemary

  13. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I'm glad to hear I won the day...[​IMG]  I have been making that Brine 23 years. There are member of my family that will request my Chicken even if I offer to make Steak. Here is another chicken recipe of mine. It is the best chicken I have ever made...JJ

    Pit Chicken aka, Roadside Chicken

    This Chicken is Grilled/Smoked and sold all across the country at Roadside Stands and at Firehouse Fund Raiser BBQ's. Here is my version...

    Pit Chix Basting Sauce

    2C Apple Cider Vinegar

    1C Olive or other Oil

    2T Worcestershire Sauce or more to taste

    1/4C Brown Sugar

    1T Smoked Paprika

    2 tsp Granulated Garlic

    2 tsp Granulated Onion

    2 tsp Fine Grind Black Pepper

    1 tsp Celery Salt

    1 tsp Cayenne Pepper or Chipotle powder. Add more if you like Heat.

    1/2 tsp Grnd Allspice

    2Lrg Egg Yolks

    I always Brine my Chicken with my Families Favorite Brine and apply some Bubba Chix Rub. This is then Grill/Smoked over indirect heat at 300-325°F until the Internal Temp (IT) reaches 175°F. If the skin is not Crisp enough, a few minutes, turning frequently, over direct heat will get you there.

    This stuff is Tangy with a Sweet and Spicy Finish. If you wish, instead of Brining, you can make a Double batch and add 1T Kosher Salt to half. Marinate the Chix for 4-6 hours with the salted half of the Brine/Basting Sauce then use the rest to baste during the Cook.

    I would squirt the Sauce on with a Sports Bottle about every 15-20 minutes and used all but 1/2 cup that I took to the Table to add a fresh Punch of flavor. Great Stuff!...JJ
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2014
  14. Chef JJ and all the regular "pit masters" that post on this forum,  THANK YOU for all the great advice.  As a newbie to this smoking game I want to thank you for your time, patience, knowledge, and commitment to this forum.  I've learn a tremendous amount from these posts,
  15. supermailbag

    supermailbag Newbie

    Wow! We just picked up a smoker this week and I am SO glad I found this forum. We brined the chickens 24 with your family favorite brine. I will never do it any other way...THANKS,
  16. tom m

    tom m Newbie

    Signed up to say I tried this brine this past weekend for the inaugural run of the new smoker and it  was fabulous.
  17. shelly bock

    shelly bock Newbie

  18. h8that4u

    h8that4u Fire Starter

    Tried this on Sunday, and by far the best chicken I have had, they are on sale for .69 lb this week going to go by the limit to do more this weekend. Will take photos this time.
  19. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Glad to hear you liked the brine.The brine makes all the difference...JJ
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2017

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