How to Brine a Chicken For Smoking

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If you’re wondering how to brine a chicken for smoking, this recipe will help you prepare your chicken to make sure it’s juicy and flavorful.

Prep Time: 10 Min

2 quarts water divided 1/3 cup salt 1 lemon quartered 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme and rosemary 1/4 cup brown sugar 4 cloves garlic smashed 1 tablespoon black peppercorns

Cook Time: 5 MIN


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Step 1

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine 2 cups of the water with the salt, lemon, thyme, rosemary, brown sugar, garlic and black peppercorns. Simmer until the salt has fully dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

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Step 2

Once cooled, combine the brine with the remaining water in a large enough container to hold the water and chicken (that will fit in your refrigerator).

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Step 3

Submerge the chicken, breast side down, in the brine. Refrigerate for 12-20 hours for a whole chicken (not longer than this!). Brine for only 3-6 hours for chicken pieces.

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Step 4

Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse it thoroughly to remove excess salt. Pat dry with a paper towel. Proceed with cooking.

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