Sweet Tea Brine
2of your favorite family-sized tea bags
1/8 - 1/4 csalt (i use kosher or sea salt) you can safely use 1/8 cup of salt if watching your sodium
1/2 cbrown sugar, firmly packed
1 Tbspfreshly cracked black pepper
2fresh rosemary sprigs
6garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1 smallonion, thinly sliced
1 largelemon, thinly sliced
How to Make Sweet Tea Brine
- Bring 4 cups water to a boil. Remove from heat, add tea bags, cover and let steep for 10 minutes.
- Remove tea bags. Add sugar and salt to tea, stir until dissolved.
- 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.
- 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.
- Before grilling, drain and discard brine and then pat chicken dry before grilling. Do not rinse chicken.