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brining older birdies

post #1 of 5
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hey hey! i was wondering if brining helps at all when you aren't planning to shred an older bird? we had really good luck with a quartered year old rooster and coq au vin WITHOUT a brine, and i am wondering if anyone has noticed an improvement on older poultry with a brine. i know cooking and shredding is easier and sort of fool proof in terms of texture, but i would like to have options! i like me some options ;)


i'll probably give it a go either way because i like to experiment, but input would be great!

post #2 of 5

The nature of the Salt in the Brine is to Tenderize and helps retain Moisture. For older birds and game birds Brine definitely makes an improvement. Below is a recipe I have used over 25 years. Visiting family members ask for Chicken Dinners over Steak or Seafood...JJ


Families Favorite Brine


1/2C Kosher Salt

2T Paprika

2T Gran. Garlic

2T Gran. Onion

2T Dry Thyme

2T Black Pepper

1C Vinegar (Any)

1-11/2Gal Cold Water to cover Chix


1/2C Brown Sugar, Optional

1T Red Pepper Flake Optional


Mix well and Soak the Bird over night or up to 24 Hours.

Remove the Chix, rinse if desired and pat dry with paper towels.

Place in an open container in the refrigerator overnight or up to 24 hours for the Skin to dry.

This will give a crispier skin when Smokng or Roasting...


post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

this is pretty much exactly the kind of reply i was looking for! thank you so much!!! i am excited to try this out!

post #4 of 5

I hope you like the result. The Brine will add all the salt needed so don't add any on the skin. Also if you save the pan drippings for gravy, they will be quite salty so use a stock or water, with no additional salt. Good Luck...JJ

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that's a really relevant tip! we are going to try coq au vin blanc, so the gravy will be a central part of the dish! thank you for the heads up!

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