Sweet Tea Brine

1
Staci Cakes

By
@BabasKitchen

This is fantastic for grilled chicken and turkey!

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

How to Make Sweet Tea Brine

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.

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About Sweet Tea Brine

Course/Dish: Marinades