I'm going to smoke a couple of whole chickens tomorrow and was wondering how long I can brine them for? THis will be only my second time smoking so I'm very new to this. My initial smoke was also 2 whole chickens (which turned out excellent, by the way!) and I brined them for about 4 hours the morning of the smoke. The problem this time is that I have to work tomorrow morning and am not sure when I will be done and therefore may not have the time to get home and brine for the 4 hours and then still be able to smoke too. I could have my wife do the brining but it would be much easier and better for me to do it. So the real question is can I brine them overnight for smoking in the afternoon? I can't get up early to brine because I'm getting up at 3:00 a.m. for work as it is, and I can't see dragging my a** out of bed any earlier than that. Is it possible to brine for too long?