Sweet Tea Brine

Staci Cakes

By
@BabasKitchen

This is fantastic for grilled chicken and turkey!


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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

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Bring 4 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags, cover and let steep for 10 minutes.
2
Remove tea bags. Add sugar and salt to tea, stir until dissolved.
3
Add 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.
4
Transfer 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.
5
Before grilling, drain and discard brine and then pat chicken dry before grilling. Do not rinse chicken.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Marinades