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Old 05-06-2007, 01:00 PM   #1
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Comp chicken--Marinade or Brine?

and your reasoning? Thanks.
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Old 05-06-2007, 02:05 PM   #2
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Re: Comp chicken--Marinade or Brine?

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and your reasoning? Thanks.
Either way will work -

Marinade - will add flavor while "grilling"

Brined - will add moisture while "smoking"

So depending on how you plan to cook your chicken IMO should depend on how you prep it.
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I marinate over night then add my rub about 2-3 hours before smoking. Then right at then end I add my sauce. Drop me an email for some recipies Cappy.
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Old 05-07-2007, 07:17 AM   #4
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marinade with a vinegar based marinade...flavor
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I sorta went full circle. Started out marinating in eyetalian dressing type concoctions then got into brining has went back to marinating here lately. I think so many people got to brining all the chickens tasted the same. Worked ok when there wasnt many doing it but it got sorta overwhelming for the judges I think. Thats why I went back to marinating.

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Old 05-07-2007, 04:22 PM   #6
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Disclamer (I have only cooked in amatuer contests but have won the chicken catagory)
That being said, I marinate in "Allegro Original" for at least a few hours before applying my rub. Overnight is even better.
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I marinade mine overnight.
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I vacuum tumble the chicken for 20 minutes then air dry it in the cooler overnight. This hopefully dries out the skin and makes it crispy.
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:30 PM   #9
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Well that vacuum tumbler is a good plan. You can do about the same chore with a Food Saver vacuum bucket. It can do in about 20 mins as opposed to 10 for the tumbler. Only trouble is it purty small. Aint sure whole or split chicken fit down in there. Works great on chunks of stuff.

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Old 05-08-2007, 01:56 PM   #10
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Marinate.

Don't follow my lead. Chicken is still a work in progress.

You have to watch the salt, and without salt, brine becomes marinade.



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