Review: Kosmo's Q Chicken Soak
You might remember that I've recently reviewed both the beef and pork
injections from Kosmo's Q. This time out I'll be giving my thoughts on the
relatively new Chicken Soak
product from Kosmo.
Let me be clear in saying that I am a huge
of brining poultry. I won't get
into all the science of osmosis and the denaturing of protein here, but
suffice it to say that it really works wonders. The bottom line is that it
adds a ton of flavor and moisture to what can often otherwise be dry and
Not only is brining just an all-around good idea, it's indispensable in
competition barbecue. At a contest you have one or maybe
two bites to
impress the judges. Flavor and moisture are the two main criteria that will
separate a competitor from the also-rans.
One of the pains of brining is the cooking that is required to get all of the
sugar and salt dissolved into a solution. Then you have to cool it down. My
typical process entails making what I call a "brine concentrate". That
means that I add just enough water to the sugar and salt to get them
dissolved, then I dilute it when I'm ready to use it. For competition, this
minimizes the hassle when I get there, but in reality I've just shifted the
work. I still have to make the concentrate.
Here is where I think Kosmo's Chicken Soak really shines. It contains very
similar ingredients to my usual brine, but it dissolves in cold water. You just
add 3/4 cup of the dry mix to a half-gallon of water, stir, and go. Just soak
the chicken parts for four hours, then barbecue or grill as you normally
would. There's no muss and no fuss.
The labor savings are all well and good, but how good is it? I will say that
this product works exceedingly well. It dissolves quickly in cold water with
no caking or lumping. As for flavor and added moisture, it's great. I cooked
up some boneless/skinless breasts and bone-in thighs and both were
outstanding. I'd put this up against my competition brine any day.