My Attempt at Buttermilk Brined Chicken

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by kevin13, Jan 30, 2010.

  1. kevin13

    kevin13 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    After reading the numerous threads about chisoxjim's buttermilk brined chicken wings....thanks Jim, I've decided to give it a try today.

    I bought Zach's Brisket Rub a long time ago and never got around to using it, so I figured now is as good a time as any. This is what is in the brine mixture and will be sprinkled on the wings prior to smoking. I'll also be smoking unbrined wings just as a comparison.

    The brine I'm using is:

    1/2 Gallon buttermilk
    1/4 cup kosher salt
    1/4 cup rub
    1/8 cup hot sauce
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    6 green onions chopped
    5 cloves of garlic smashed
    1/4 cup hot water

    The wings and drummies will brine for 8 hours, rinse the wings, pat dry, then cover with rub. Smoking will be at 250 in a MES with hickory.

    More pictures to follow when I start smoking.
     
  2. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds and looks great, you're off to a good start. I've been using bittermilk on chicken for about 12 years now, and no matter how you cook/smoke/fry it... it's great.
     
  3. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    sounding super good, do not forget the result photos
    Thanks for sharing the recipe [​IMG]

    I will certainly try it
     
  4. kevin13

    kevin13 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    After 8-1/2 hours of brining in the buttermilk, the chicken has been rubbed and is awaiting the smoker. Just have to wait for the smoker temp to come up a few more degrees.
     
  5. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    looking good, I am glad I could share my tweaks on WSM master Gary Wivotts recipe on SMF. cant wait to see how your turn out.
     
  6. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks great. If you're following Jim's lead, you're in good hands.

    Why the "hot" water?
     
  7. kevin13

    kevin13 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    To help disolve the brown sugar, salt and rub. I didn't boil the water, just hot from the tap. I probably didn't need it, but wanted to avoid chunks in the brine.
     
  8. kevin13

    kevin13 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Well, finally finished...took alot longer than I anticipated, but then again it's 19 degrees here. The MES had a hard time getting back up to 250 degrees in a reasonable time, but finally made it.

    Overall, they came out pretty good. I could definately tell the difference in taste and moisture between the ones brined with buttermilk and those that weren't. The only issue was the amount of smoke. I just installed a Smoke Daddy and had a hard time getting it adjusted...it put out too much smoke that gave the chicken a slight creosote taste. I have an air pump with a rheostat coming, so that should help.

    I'll definately be trying these again:
     
  9. chisoxjim

    chisoxjim Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    looks like a nice batch. [​IMG]
     
  10. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sorry about the slight oversmoke but they sure look great!
     
  11. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Ahhh, I was wondering about mixing the chicken and the buttermilk with hot water and creating a hot tub for bacteria.

    They look great though. Hopefully you'll get that smoker dialed in and the next batch will be even better.
     
  12. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great lookin yard bird! Ever try puttin a brisket in that buttermilk? Overnight soak let's those enzymes do something magical to meat...
     
  13. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Can you tell me more about the pump and rheostat?






     
  14. kevin13

    kevin13 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    It's the Hagen Optima A807 air pump with rheostat. This will allow you to adjust the air flow to the Smoke Daddy. A rheostat is nothing more than a valve. This model is what SD is selling as an option for the Big Kahuna.

    The cheapest I found it is below. They are also running a $5.99 shipping special, details are on their site.

    http://www.thatpetplace.com/pet/prod/214762/product.web
     
  15. azrocker

    azrocker Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Thanks! I have a brass valve for mine but still would like to explore other options
     

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