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Brown Sugar Chicken Brine

Rated as 4.75 out of 5 Stars

"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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1 h servings 58
Original recipe yields 16 servings (1 gallon)


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  1. 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.


  • 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

Per Serving: 58 calories; 0 14.7 0.4 0 4507 Full nutrition

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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 qu...

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 appreh...

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.

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.

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.

It had a very distinct flavor, it made the chicken very tender and juicy. I actually put the birds on the grill!!!

Used it for Turkey. It was amazing!