Question about brining chickens

Discussion in 'Grilling Chicken' started by mikendonna, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. Hey guys, we're smoking 4 beer butt chickens tomorrow along with lots of other food. I'm running out of room in my fridge and wanted to know if i can brine the chickens one at a time (for 4 hours each) and then take them out of the brine and refridgerate until tomorrow?

    Also any advice on beer butt chickens is welcomed!!
  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yes you can.

    Brine  them in a big ziplock!!

  3. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Do you have a cooler? You can just brine them all at the same time. put a bag of ice in there unopened to keep cold. 
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    We empty out the vegetable drawers in the bottom of the fridge. You can fit 4 in there in zip lock bags.
  5. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Mikndonna, I'm a beliver in the K.I.S.S. method;I simply wash my bird under cold water and clean her up (fat,wingtips,gibblets)real good ,then pat her dry, then liberally coat and rub her insides and all over the outside.You may want to mix some rub with butter and push it under the skin in a nice generous layer.This will help in making the skin more krispy and the Breast juicier.Next I shove the can up her rear[​IMG]  and place her in the smoker . Some times less means more, but that's just MHO[​IMG].
  6. porked

    porked Smoking Fanatic

    I like to brine whole chickens overnight, but that's me. The cooler idea is best, ziplock bags, in the cooler with ice. Happy smoking!
  7. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Never have, never will.
  8. We ended up brining 2 of them and not brining the other two.  They all turned out really great. I'll post some pictures once my husband sends them to me from his phone! Thanks for all of the advice!
  9. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I buy the 3 & 5 gallon ziploc storage bags, and they are awesome for brining poultry. I can fit two whole chickens in a 3 gallon bag, then fill it with brine and close it up. I have a big ice chest that will hold a 20 lb. bag of ice and either 2 big turkeys or 8 whole chickens. Works great for overnight brining!
  10. It's real easy ..... I use  the extra refrigerator that is in the garage .... doesn't everyone have one.

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