I need a good marinade for chicken.

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by daniels, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. I'm following the book Low & Slow to learn about using my WSM.  The author recommends using Mojo Criollo to marinate the chicken for the first lesson.  I'm not having any luck finding any in the Des Moines area so I'm thinking of using any good marinade.

    Any suggestions for a good chicken marinade?
  2. dewetha

    dewetha Smoking Fanatic

    go with Stubbs or any citrus marinade(thinner the better imo). you can always add some orange juice to it yourself. if you don't feel like making your own marinade a quick way is to buy a bottle(as much natural stuff as can be) then add your own touches.
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I always marinade my chicken in Italian dressing and add any seasonings that you may want. It comes out so nice and juicy.
  4. sprky

    sprky Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have used many of the store bought marinades. Just go brows the isle that has them in your store and pick 1 that you think you'll like.
  5. sam3

    sam3 Smoking Fanatic

    GOYA makes a good Mojo Criollo. I've used it many times.
  6. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Here is a Mojo Crillo recipe for pork that looks like it would work for you chicken. It is mostly citrus so I would not go more than 12 hours in the marinade as it may make the chicken a little mushy as the acid will start to "cook" the chicken 
  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Our go to marinade is 4 cu water, 1/8 cu salt, 1/4 cu sugar, 1/4 cu Montreal Chicken seasoning.
  8. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  9. Geez!  The manager at the store down the street checked on the computer and told me Wednesday morning they didn't have Mojo Criollo and that he would check to see if he could get some for me.  Thursday after work me and the Mrs. stopped at the same store to get a couple items and there were 4 bottles of Mojo Criollo sitting on the shelf.  I bought 3 bottles.  That should do it.

    Thanks for the replies everyone.
  10. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  11. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

     No mexicans in your area??   I use to have to look in the Tienda's for some Mojo, but also had to ship some out to the west Coast for Oaky Dave.  Do you have Wal-marts? I've seen it there in the Ethnic isle.  Or in a pinch, make your own.  I don't brine, so here's one you can try:

    4 garlic cloves, minced  ( I use minced from jar)
    1 jalapeno, minced  (Used crushed red peppers instead 1 ½ tsp)
    1 large handful fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped  (used 1 tblsp Parsley)
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper  (1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper)
    2 limes, juiced  (used one of the store bought lime juice limes, around ½ cup)
    1 orange, juiced  (used store bought OJ, around ½ cup)
    2 tablespoons white vinegar
    1/2 cup olive oil
    ¼ cup bitter orange
    ½ cup red onion chopped

    Finely chop and mix together the garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Add the lime juice, orange juice, vinegar, and oil. Shake it up really well to combine. Use as a marinade for chicken or beef or as a table condiment.
    Yield: approximately 1 1/4 cups

    Do not over do Mojo on Chicken. I say no more than 4 hours.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2012
  12. ldrus

    ldrus Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Ill stand behind the slaughterhouse brine ! its my goto poultry brine

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