Brining Chicken & Tender Smoky BBQ Chicken Recipe – Brining Basics
Combiflam $35.00 Ever wonder how meat grilled at 500F on a BBQ can still maintain a tender juicy flavor? The secret is brining. Combiflam $35.00 I’ve written about the brining technique in the past on my pulled pork shoulder recipe, combiflam $35.00 but I thought I would take the time now to go through a simple explanation of how brining meat works. Combiflam $35.00
The Secrets of Brining
Combiflam $35.00 Quite simply, combiflam $35.00 brining is a food preparation technique that involves submerging your meat in a salt and sugar solution for several hours to help the meat retain moisture upon cooking. Combiflam $35.00 Brining is based on the principles of diffusion and osmosis over three simple steps. Combiflam $35.00
Combiflam $35.00 Brining Step 1) Osmosis. Combiflam $35.00 Remember high school biology? Fluids move from less concentrated areas to more concentrated areas across a membrane until everything is in equilibrium. Combiflam $35.00 So you have your chicken or pork surrounded by a mixture of salt and sugar. Combiflam $35.00 The water will flow out of the cell membranes of the meat to the salt / sugar solution while the salt/sugar will flow into the cells of the meat. Combiflam $35.00 After several hours the salt/sugar and water content within the cells of the meat will have been raised. Combiflam $35.00
Combiflam $35.00 Brining Step 2) Denature. Combiflam $35.00 The high concentration of the salt within the cells from the brining causes the proteins to unravel through a process called denaturing. Combiflam $35.00 Essentially the meat gets tenderized within the cells and forms a sticky matrix within the cells that causes the meat to retain moisture.
Combiflam $35.00 Brining Step 3) Cooking. Combiflam $35.00 Upon applying heat, combiflam $35.00 the matrix of denatured proteins in the cells creates a barrier that prevents water from leaking out of the meat. Combiflam $35.00 The end result is a tender and extremely juicy meat.
Combiflam $35.00 Got it? Let’s try it. Combiflam $35.00 Here’s an easy recipe for amazing tender smoky chicken. Combiflam $35.00 After brining the chicken overnight, combiflam $35.00 the chicken is slowly smoked and grilled for 2+ hours. Combiflam $35.00 It’s long enough for the chicken to pick up the smoky charcoal / hardwood flavor and mix with the spices in the rub. Combiflam $35.00 The brining step locks in the juices, combiflam $35.00 resulting in a smoky crispy chicken that is juicy and tender on the inside. Combiflam $35.00 The meat will simply fall off the bone upon carving!!
Brown Sugar Brined Tender Smoky BBQ Chicken Recipe
Combiflam $35.00 Brine Ingredients:
1) 1 gallon water
2) 1/2 cup kosher salt
3) 1/2 cup light brown sugar or sugar in the raw
4) Two 3 1/2-pound chickens
5) 3 tablespoons of peppercorns
6) 3 tablespoons of coriander seeds
7) 2-3 bay leaves
Combiflam $35.00 Fill a saucepan with 1/2 the water, combiflam $35.00 salt, combiflam $35.00 sugar, combiflam $35.00 peppercorns and coriander seeds and heat till dissolves completely. Combiflam $35.00 Transfer to a large pot filled with several handfuls of ice and the remaining water and allow to cool to room temp. Combiflam $35.00 Meanwhile, combiflam $35.00 gently massage salt on the chicken and rinse with cold water to clean. Combiflam $35.00 Place the chicken in to the brine solution. Combiflam $35.00 Transfer the large pot to your refrigerator, combiflam $35.00 cover and store at least 4 hours, combiflam $35.00 but preferably overnight. Combiflam $35.00
Combiflam $35.00 Smoky BBQ Rub (paste)
I like to make a paste more than a rub since it actually sticks to the meat better than a dry rub.
1. 1/4 cup kosher salt
2. 1 teaspoon of ginger powder
3. 3 tablespoons of whole peppercorns (can be ground)
4. 3 tablespoons of coriander seeds (can be ground)
5. 1/4 cup pure chile powder, combiflam $35.00 such as guajillo or ancho
6. Small fennel bulb shredded fine and a few tablespoons of fennel leaves
Combiflam $35.00 Mix all dry ingredients. Combiflam $35.00 On a saucepan at medium low heat, combiflam $35.00 gently saute’ the fennel bulb shreds and after 2 mins, combiflam $35.00 add the dry mixture. Combiflam $35.00 Cook the spicy mixture until it forms a sticky paste (about 2 mins). Combiflam $35.00 Remove from heat and take a cleaver and smash it down on a chopping board. Combiflam $35.00 Allow to cool to room temperature. Combiflam $35.00
Combiflam $35.00 Remove the chicken from the brine solution and pat dry with a paper towel. Combiflam $35.00 Rub the spicy paste on the chicken and allow to air dry for 30 mins to 1 hour (you can cover with a towel).
Meanwhile prepare your BBQ grill by heating up charcoal or smoked hardwood chips on one side of the grill. Combiflam $35.00 (Have enough to last a covered bbq grill for 1.5 hours). Combiflam $35.00
Combiflam $35.00 Tie the chicken legs up with string and place it breast side down on the side of the BBQ grill opposite of the charcoal. Combiflam $35.00 Cover the grill and allow chicken to grill for 1 hour, combiflam $35.00 then flip over and slow grill for another 1 hours until the internal temp reads 160 F on a cooking thermometer. Combiflam $35.00 Remove, combiflam $35.00 rest for 10 mins and then carve and enjoy!