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Unread 11-11-2006, 12:02 AM   #1
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I'm working on a Smart Chicken article for GetYourGrillOn.net. For the article I want to see if Smart Chicken will absorb more brine than regular chicken. Brined two Smart Chicken thighs in a quart of brine tonight for 6 hours. Brining two regular thighs tomorrow. Using equal parts salt and sugar. Not 100% scientific because its in my kitchen and I'm not measuring to the ML, but I'm trying to keep it consistent in my tests.

I was surprised that the two smart chicken thighs took on about 1.5 tablespoons worth of my salt/sugar brine in total. That's a lot of moisture and seasoning. Because Smart Chicken is air chilled instead of a bath, my assumption is that the Smart Chicken will absorb more of the brine. Two thighs may not be enough mass to show a measurable difference. Maybe 20 thighs would show more. We'll see tomorrow.

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You would think the "SMART" chicken would know salt is bad for you. But then again seems like everything that is good is bad for you.
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I've been cooking "Smart Chicken" in comps for three years now and do very well with it. I do know a lot of people who don't like it though. Each to their own.
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I'm working on a Smart Chicken article for GetYourGrillOn.net. For the article I want to see if Smart Chicken will absorb more brine than regular chicken. Brined two Smart Chicken thighs in a quart of brine tonight for 6 hours. Brining two regular thighs tomorrow. Using equal parts salt and sugar. Not 100% scientific because its in my kitchen and I'm not measuring to the ML, but I'm trying to keep it consistent in my tests.

I was surprised that the two smart chicken thighs took on about 1.5 tablespoons worth of my salt/sugar brine in total. That's a lot of moisture and seasoning. Because Smart Chicken is air chilled instead of a bath, my assumption is that the Smart Chicken will absorb more of the brine. Two thighs may not be enough mass to show a measurable difference. Maybe 20 thighs would show more. We'll see tomorrow.

I do know, at least, that we'll be eating chicken and ABT's tomorrow!


It will be interesting to see the difference between he 2 type of chicken used on the total pick-up of brine. Are you weighing your chicken first and then brining and then weighing them back after brining. How are you measuring the brine pick up? just wondering?
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It will be interesting to see the difference between he 2 type of chicken used on the total pick-up of brine. Are you weighing your chicken first and then brining and then weighing them back after brining. How are you measuring the brine pick up? just wondering?
I wanted to weigh as part of the test but my digital scale is in the BBQ trailer which isn't here at the house. Instead, I'm measuring the before and after water volume. Figure the before and after difference has to be in the chicken.
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What is a smart chicken????
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What is a smart chicken????
It is air chilled and hung individually instead of chilled in a chemical bath with all the other chickens. No cross contamination. No chemicals. Less water added. Theory is then that it will take on more brine & marinade.
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It is air chilled and hung individually instead of a chilled in a chemical bath with all the other chickens. No cross contamination. No chemicals. Less water added. Theory is then that it will take on more brine & marinade.
Smart Chicken is a national brand from Eastern Nebraska. I think there are other brands that have the same process. Definately a specialty product compared to a Tyson chicken. There's Organic Smart Chicken, too. Most of the time Organic lacks flavor, IMHO.
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Never heard of it. But the idea sounds good.
I once watched a 60 minutes on chicken processing. It took quite some time before I could bring myself to eat chicken again.
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Never heard of it. But the idea sounds good.
I once watched a 60 minutes on chicken processing. It took quite some time before I could bring myself to eat chicken again.
Smart Chicken is in 40 states, so may not be available in the Zona.
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all we eat here are smart chickens. My wife is a stickler for food handling and processing. It's always a bit more expensive but i think the flavors always exceed other brands.
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Its a good product. We've used it for comp, but have had better success with fresh whole birds from Alewel's Country Meats in Warrensburg, MO. They are a sponsor, so we get 3 birds every comp. They are young, tender birds and the skin is nice and thin. Turns out great.
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I seem to alway get the dumb one's, go figure.

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Never heard of it. But the idea sounds good.
I once watched a 60 minutes on chicken processing. It took quite some time before I could bring myself to eat chicken again.
Here is the link to the store search

http://www.smartchicken.com/gny.html
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