Sweet Tea Brine

Staci Cakes

By
@BabasKitchen

This is fantastic for grilled chicken and turkey!


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Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Serves:
Marinade for up to 4# chicken
Prep:
1 Hr
Cook:
24 Hr

Ingredients

4 lb
chicken
2
of your favorite family-sized tea bags
4 c
water
2 c
ice
1/8 - 1/4 c
salt (i use kosher or sea salt) you can safely use 1/8 cup of salt if watching your sodium
1/2 c
brown sugar, firmly packed
1 Tbsp
freshly cracked black pepper
2
fresh rosemary sprigs
6
garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1 small
onion, thinly sliced
1 large
lemon, thinly sliced

Step-By-Step

1Bring 4 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags, cover and let steep for 10 minutes.
2Remove tea bags. Add sugar and salt to tea, stir until dissolved.
3Add rosemary, pepper, garlic, onion, and lemon to tea, mixing well. Cool completely.
When completely cooled, stir in 2 cups of ice until melted - brine should be cold.
4Transfer cold brine to plastic bowl(with lid) or heavy duty zip locking freezer bag. Completely submerge chicken in brine.
Place in fridge 24 hours before cooking.
*If you use a freezer bag, do yourself a favor and put the bag in a large bowl in case of leakage.
5Before grilling, drain and discard brine and then pat chicken dry before grilling. Do not rinse chicken.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Marinades