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Brining with sweet tea.

Got this in one of those Cuisine at Home recipes that are e-mailed to me. Worth a share...

Sweet Tea Brined & Grilled Chicken
Brining chicken more than 2 hours won't give it stronger flavor, but there's no harm in starting the night before if that's more convenient.
Makes: 6 servings (¾ cup sauce); Total time: 1 hour + brining

FOR THE BRINE, STEEP:
1 iced black tea bag (family-size)
4 cups boiling water
WHISK IN:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1⁄2 cup kosher salt
8 cups ice cubes
Juice of 2 limes (reserve lime halves)
1⁄4 cup chopped fresh mint
1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces (4–6 lb.)
FOR THE RUB, COMBINE:
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. black pepper
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
FOR THE SAUCE, SIMMER:
1⁄4 cup honey
1⁄4 cup cider vinegar
1⁄4 cup prepared yellow mustard
1⁄2 tsp. kosher salt
Red pepper flakes to taste
For the brine, steep tea bag in water in a large bowl, covered, 5 minutes. Discard tea bag.
Whisk in brown sugar and ½ cup salt until dissolved. Stir in ice, lime juice, lime halves, and mint. Place chicken in brine, cover, and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
For the rub, combine chili powder, black pepper, cinnamon, thyme, and cayenne. Remove chicken from brine, pat dry, and massage both sides with rub. Refrigerate chicken until ready to grill, up to 2 hours.
For the sauce, simmer honey, vinegar, mustard, and ½ tsp. salt in a saucepan over medium-low heat, 5 minutes. Off heat, season sauce with pepper flakes.
Prepare grill for indirect grilling, heating one side to high and other side to low.
Grill chicken indirectly, skin side up, covered, rotating periodically for even cooking, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast registers 165° and into the thigh or drumstick registers 170°, about 30 minutes. Glaze chicken with sauce, cover, and grill 5 minutes more. Let chicken rest 5 minutes before serving with remaining sauce.
Nutrition Information
Per serving: 871 cal; 57g total fat (16g sat); 284mg chol; 560mg sodium; 15g carb; 1g fiber; 71g protein

XL BGE; Schertz TX by way of Stow OH. #egghead4life
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Comments

  • rholtrholt Posts: 368
    Any pics/ musings on how the final product turned out?
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  • GQuizGQuiz Posts: 685
    Haven't done it yet. I copied and pasted from ane-mail this morning.

    XL BGE; Schertz TX by way of Stow OH. #egghead4life
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