The title of this post sounds like it should be coming from the south, doesn't it? Well, that's where it originated, but I brought right here to the Midwest to give it a try and let me tell you, those Southern BBQ folks know what they're doing.
A couple of weeks ago, I was at the library browsing and they had some grilling cookbooks on a display. I walked past a couple of times and then realized that I really wanted to give one a try called, All Fired Up: Smokin' hot BBQ secrets from the South's best pitmasters. I was intrigued and from what I saw in the few pages I perused, hungry. I tried a number of recipes from this cookbook and plan to check it out again (or maybe purchase it), to get my fill of BBQ before the summer is up.
I chose to feature this recipe first because it was something new for me: brining. I have never attempted brining, mostly because I haven't had the time, but summer allows for a little more of that. To brine is basically to marinate in salt and water, as well as other things (you'll see). I loved the idea of sweet tea in the brine and so did my hubby, who loves his sweet tea (he's lived in the South a bit, so he knows what's what!). And that was that, I started up the brining process.
|I began by preparing some sweet tea, which meant I brought 4 cups of water to a boil and added two family sized tea bags. The bags had to steep for 10 minutes and then the good stuff was added:sugar! Not only did I add the sugar...
|There was some more goodies; including a small sweet onion, lemon, garlic, rosemary, and of course, a whole lotta salt! Doesn't it look splendid? The aromas made the whole house smell delicious!
|After 45 minutes, when the mixture was cooled, 2 cups of ice cubes were added to make sure things were real cold.
|After 24 hours of refrigeration, the chicken was ready to hit the grill!
|Now, other than my two mishaps of losing a lot of the brine mixture and nearly burning all of my chicken, I did come out with a few killer drums and thighs. The flavor was dynamite and it was really worth my time and effort.
I should also mention that the potatoes and beans are fresh from the garden. Now that makes a lady proud. Come on over y'all.
Here is the link for Sweet Tea Brined Chicken!