I decided to experiment with my normal go-to brine and added molasses and garlic. In place of regular sugar I used light brown sugar (what can I say, I like molasses). The family loved this. I think this is going to be my new go-to. This is enough brine for 8 pounds of whole chicken or bone-in chicken pieces and up to 10 pounds of skinless, boneless chicken breasts.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
additional:
50 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
16
Yield:
1 gallon
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix salt, brown sugar, garlic, and cayenne pepper together in a large bowl. Pour in water; stir until dissolved. Mix in molasses and soy sauce. Let stand until brine comes to room temperature, about 50 minutes.

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Cook's Note:

To use, place chicken in brine, cover, and refrigerate for 4 hours (or overnight for whole chickens). Drain and pat chicken dry before cooking.

Nutrition Facts

58 calories; protein 0.4g 1% DV; carbohydrates 14.7g 5% DV; fat 0g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 4507.5mg 180% DV. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Rating: 5 stars
06/27/2018
This was so easy and came out amazing! So moist and tender with great flavor! Thank you! I will warn that when I first started roasting my entire kitchen smelled like soy sauce and I was apprehensive that this chicken was going to taste like soy. As the roast went on, it smelled delicious. There's a good balance to all the flavors. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
06/26/2018
This was so easy and came out amazing! So moist and tender with great flavor! Thank you! I will warn that when I first started roasting my entire kitchen smelled like soy sauce and I was apprehensive that this chicken was going to taste like soy. As the roast went on, it smelled delicious. There's a good balance to all the flavors. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/18/2018
Hubs fired up the smoker over the weekend and I decided to give this one a try with 6 pounds of chicken leg quarters I had in the freezer. I've learned that the smoker drys chicken out pretty quick so I like to brine. The legs turned out super moist and tender. It was a little on the sweet side so next time I'd reduce the amount of brown sugar. Easy fix. Overall good brine and one I'd make again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2019
I used this recipe as stated. Did not change anything. Had a 8 plus pound turkey and smoked it without any wood chips. Sooooo moist ! This is a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2018
This brine combined with a bourbon brown sugar seasoning/ bbq sauce that I smoked then grilled produced the best boneless chicken thighs I ve ever had. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2019
Great marinade. Grilled on a gas grill. Juiciest chicken I've ever grilled. Not over flavoured and not to salty. Will be a regular meal during grilling season. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/18/2019
It had a very distinct flavor, it made the chicken very tender and juicy. I actually put the birds on the grill!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/18/2020
Followed the directions as written using bone-in chicken breasts and they were great and very moist. My husband absolutely loved them. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2016
Used it for Turkey. It was amazing! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/12/2020
I Used This Brine Recipe for My Beer Can Chicken & I Can Tell You that The Chicken Was FANTISTAC , Tender & Moist Read More
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