Brine for Chicken or Pork 

A very flavorful way to make moist chicken or pork which can be sliced super-thin for sandwiches!

Making 6 c brine:
In medium pot boil together:
2 c water
2 1/2 oz sea salt
1 1/4 oz sugar
8 garlic cloves, cut in a few pieces
1/2 t peppercorns (I use tri color)
1/2 t red pepper flakes
1/2 lemon (peel the zest, halve the lemon, squeeze juice into pot, then add halves and zest)
3 bay leaves
1 sprig thyme, 1 medium sprig rosemary, 6 sage leaves (not the bitter stem)
1/2 yellow onion (peeled and sliced)
1 small carrot, sliced
1 small stalk celery, sliced
Simmer until salt and sugar have dissolved.
Remove from heat and add 1 qt cold water, part of it being ice so you can use it immediately instead of waiting for it to cool.

For a crowd:
Use 3 servings per pound. 100 servings would use 33.3 lbs. There is a 30% loss in weight from raw to cooked. So a cooked serving weighs 3.5 oz. Use this to plate it consistently.

12 c brine for 25 lb chicken:
In medium pot boil together:
1 qt water
5 oz sea salt
2 1/2 oz sugar
1 garlic head, halved crosswise
1 t peppercorns (I use tri color)
1 t red pepper flakes
1 lemon (peel the zest, halve the lemon, squeeze juice into pot, then add halves and zest)
6 bay leaves
2 sprigs fresh thyme, 1 large sprig fresh rosemary, 12 fresh sage leaves
1 yellow onion (peeled and sliced)
1 carrot, sliced
1 stalk celery, sliced
Simmer until salt and sugar have dissolved.
Remove from heat and add 2 qts ice water.

In my 12 qt Cambro immerse the chicken in the brine.
Making 3 c brine:
In small pot boil together:
1 c water
1.25 oz sea salt
.75 oz sugar
4 garlic cloves, cut in a few pieces
1/4 t peppercorns (I use tri color)
1/4 t red pepper flakes
1/4 lemon (peel the zest, halve the lemon, squeeze juice into pot, then add halves and zest)
2 bay leaves
Fresh herbs: 1 small sprig thyme, 1 small sprig rosemary, 3 sage leaves (not the bitter stem)
1/4 yellow onion (peeled and sliced)
1 small carrot, sliced
1/2 stalk celery, sliced
Simmer until salt and sugar have dissolved.
Remove from heat and add 2 cups cold water, part of it being ice so you can use it immediately instead of waiting for it to cool.

Immerse the chicken or pork in the brine, using a plate to weigh it fully under.

Let brine 10-24 hours.

Rinse lightly and cook.

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