Chicken Beer Brine & Chicken Wings
24 hours 15 minutes
Chef Scott Leibfried
Want to make your chicken even juicier and more tender? Order your Greensbury's organic, free-range poultry & try our salty & savory beer brine recipe with soy sauce.
1 Whole Organic Free-range Chicken
1 lb. Organic Free-range Chicken Wings
1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
4 cups water
3 Tablespoons kosher salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
10 black peppercorns
15 cloves of peeled garlic
3-12oz bottles of cans of your favorite beer (We like pilsners or ales, but don't be afraid to experiment with your preferred beer. Be careful with flavored or bitter beers as they can add a sour flavor to the brine)
1 lemon cut in half, for use when cooking the whole chicken
Add all of the brine ingredients together (minus the beer) in a deep pot. I suggest using a pasta pot with high sides. It will have to be big enough to hold all of the chicken later on.
Bring to a boil and remove from heat. Stir until all of the salt and sugar are dissolved.
Add the beer and allow the brine to cool to room temperature. Do not add the chicken until the brine is completely cooled.
To the brine, add the whole chicken breast side down plus the wings. Make sure everything is completely in the brine. Cover and refrigerate for 24-hours.
Remove the chicken and wings from the brine and season with salt and pepper. Cut the lemon in 1/2 and place it in the cavity of the chicken.
Preheat the Big Green Egg to 275 degrees.
Place the whole chicken off to one side of the grill (not in the exact center) on the Big Green Egg and cover.
After 75 minutes, put the chicken wings on the grill alongside the whole chicken and replace the cover on the grill.
After 45 minutes, check the internal temperature of the whole chicken by inserting a thermometer in-between the thigh and the breast. Once the thermometer reads 165 degrees remove the whole chicken and the chicken wings from the grill.
(Optional) Use the Banner Butter Roasted Garlic Basil and Parsley Banner Butter as a final baste for the whole chicken.
Cover with aluminum foil and let the whole chicken rest at room temperature for 30 minutes before carving.
(Optional) Use your favorite BBQ sauce to baste the wings.
Did you know that a brine is simply a salted water mixture that adds flavor and moisture to most white meat proteins? Chicken, turkey, and most cuts of pork work great with brines.
Suggested wine pairing from Bright Cellars:Lost City Bonarda
The Lost City Bonarda has a little bit of residual sugar making it slightly sweet. Super tannic red wines are NOT good with spicy dishes, because hot flavors alongside tannins will rip your tastebuds. This Lost City Bonarda is much smoother and doesn't have super strong tannins, so that makes it more food-friendly with spicy dishes!
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Thanks to the Big Green Egg for contributing this recipe. If you're a Big Green Egg aficionado, be sure to head over to their Recipes pages for more great recipes developed specifically for the Big Green Egg!
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