Monday, July 30, 2007

Hound's Brine

There’s really no limit as to what you can use in a brine, as long as you keep the water/salt ratio intact. Beer, wine, orange juice, chicken broth – everything works just great.

Many internet denizens consider "The Hound's Brine" to be the best:

1 gallon water
1 cup Kosher salt or 1/2 cup table salt
juice of 3 oranges
juice of three limes
juice of three lemons
rinds from same
1 sliced white onion
1 head of garlic, crushed
stems from a bunch of cilantro, chopped
serranos to taste, minimum of 4
rough ground cumin and coriander 2 Tbsp each
1/4 cup chili powder or any ground chile you prefer
(1/4 cup onion powder is optional)
(1/4cup garlic powder is optional)

But frankly, I don’t think you can go wrong with any brine. The improvement over the dry, burnt poultry you’re probably used to is so great that you’ll never go back.

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