Simple Smoked Chicken Brine Recipe

10 mins
4 hrs
1 Brine

Since smoking a chicken is a lengthy process, it can dry out a chicken. Using a chicken brine, though, can help lock in moisture while adding additional flavor.

Ingredients

FOR THE BRINE

  • 2 gallon water
  • 1 whole chicken
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon rosemary
  • 2 tablespoon thyme

Directions

Step 1 Of 5
1
In a large saucepan, combine water, garlic cloves, peppercorns, salt, vinegar, rosemary, and thyme.
2
Mix over low heat until combined and sugar is dissolved.
3
Let cool completely by using ice or placing in refrigerator.
4
Place chicken in brine so that it is completely covered and place in the fridge for four to six hours.
5
Remove chicken from brine and rinse before smoking.
Hot Tip
Be sure to rinse excess brine before use and discard used brine; it has now been in contact with raw meat and is not safe to be used again.
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