Question on Chicken and a brine

Discussion in 'Grilling Chicken' started by oconeeal, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. oconeeal

    oconeeal Smoke Blower

    OK wife pick up a chicken for me to smoke this weekend.  Not sure if I will be able to do tomorrow or Sat.  Would it hurt to put the chicken in the brine if I not going to smoke till Sat?[​IMG]
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I have brined more than one day, there is a small risk of the meat becoming slightly mushy but I have never noticed an difference...JJ
  3. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    As JJ said... Chicken usually becomes mushy if brined to long...I would just put it in the brine friday night.. 12 hrs is more than enough time... or you can put it in tonight.. If your not gonna smoke it Friday just take it out of the brine and rinse real well (twice) and then put your rub in it (under the skin) and on it and rest in fridge until your ready to smoke it Saturday.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2012
  4. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I agree!

    Too much time in a brine or a marinade will degrade the chicken.

    It would be safe, if handled properly, but the quality could degrade.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  5. smokinal

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

    I had one in brine for 48 hours one time. Not by choice, but had a family emergency & couldn't get back to it for 2 days. It was fine, I really didn't notice any adverse effects, however I did rinse it very well & pat it dry before adding a rub. Also I don't use as much salt in my brine as some guys do.
  6. melleram

    melleram Smoke Blower

    48 hours is too long for me, the bird will need an hour soak in clean water just to draw out some of the salt.

    I spatchcook mine then brine.  When you spatchcook them you open them up so the brine can get all around the bird easier than leaving it whole.  Almost like brining pieces instead of a whole bird.  4 hours is enough brine time when done this way.  Just rinse lightly and pat dry after the brine.
  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I too have had an issue where it has gone a long time in brine but soaking seems to help and I don't use as much salt either. 
  8. With brine should I always rinse off after its been sitting 12 hrs or so?
  9. jrod62

    jrod62 Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    I always rinse off meat after coming out of a brine
  10. harleysmoker

    harleysmoker Smoking Fanatic

  11. bravery

    bravery Fire Starter

    I have brined and I have marinated and loved the results. ... I actually prefer to marinate with Mojo. I have tried several Mojo marinates but without a doubt I absolutely LOVE the Goya Mojo. And the family (extended too) agrees with me... so I use the Goya Mojo.
  12. sam3

    sam3 Smoking Fanatic

    X2. I marinaded two split chickens with some Olive Oil and Lemon juice wth the Mojo for @5 hours last weekend. It was excellent!

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