Poultry Brine

Large Scale Poultry Brine
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Recipe type: Brine, Poultry
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Serves: 175 lbs of poultry
 
This will brine poultry for Frying (deep or pan), Baking, Grilling, Smoking, or Braising. It is around a 5-7% salt solution, so if you would like more or less, adjust accordingly, but don't forget to adjust your brine time as well.
Ingredients
  • 1 gallon apple cider vinegar
  • .5 gallon apple juice
  • .5 gallon orange juice
  • 10 lemons // Juice and Chop
  • 10 limes // Juice and Chop
  • 3 lbs onions, skins removed // rough chop all of these
  • 3 red hot chili peppers //
  • 3 jalepenos //
  • 15 oz soy sauce
  • 4 lbs sugar // this equates to roughly 7.5 cups each
  • 4 lbs table salt (non-iodized) //
  • 5 cups pepper
  • 2 bunches cilantro
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 1 bunch rosemary
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 16 oz minced garlic
  • 9 gallons water
Instructions
  1. To dissolve the sugar and salt, heat enough water to start dissolving the water.
  2. Rough chop the peppers, onions, herbs, and fruit
  3. add all ingredients, except the remaining water to a pot, and stir
  4. *OPTIONAL* Heat to medium high heat (~150F) for 5 mins, then cool *
  5. Add remaining water
  6. Immerse poultry in brine, in container(s)
  7. Let sit in a refrigerator for 12 hours or more, preferably not to exceed 18 hours, and definitely not to exceed 24 hours.
Notes
* A Bunch of herbs is at least 2" in diameter * With regarding containers: -If you do this in one large container, beware that it is heavy -Otherwise use smaller containers and evenly separate the chicken, brine,and herbs/veggies/fruit among the containers
For a smaller recipe, to make a gallon of brine: 13oz apple cider vinegar (upwards of 20% on smaller brine times less than 3 hours) 6 oz apple juice 6 oz orange juice 2 oz soy sauce 1 lemon                                                                                      // Juice and Chop 1 lime                                                                                          // Juice and Chop .5 lbs onions, skins removed                                               // rough chop all of these 1 red hot chili pepper (scale at .5 every gallon after 1) // 1 jalepeno (scale at .5 every gallon after 1)                     // .25 bunch cilantro .4 lbs sugar                                                                               // this equates to roughly .75 cups .4 lbs table salt (non-iodized)                                             // .5 cups pepper .125 bunch thyme .125 bunch rosemary .125 bunch parsley 1.5 oz minced garlic 1 gallon water

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