Grill the Ultimate Chicken
Four surefire ways to help you ace your next BBQ dinner.
The secret to tender, juicy chicken: Brines
Brining, soaking in a solution of salt and water, is a natural for chicken as it helps the meat stay tender and juicy by changing its structure to hold more moisture. As the meat soaks in a brine (usually around 5 percent salt by weight), its weight increases by 10 percent, helping to offset some of the moisture it loses when cooked.
Some chefs won’t think of grilling chicken without a quick brine first. Works wonders with pork too.
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The secret to an intense flavor burst: Rubs
While brines and marinades help imbue the entire cut of chicken with flavor, rubs are all about bringing bold seasoning into direct contact with the meat’s surface.
Using a rub is simple: Just combine the spice mix and spread it over the outside of the meat. As the chicken grills, the heat of the barbecue will caramelize the spices in the rub for even deeper, bolder flavor. For more impact, give your chicken a rub down as far in advance as possible.
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The secret to quick layers of flavor: Sauces
Sauces, which include endless versions of honey, barbeque or sweet n’ sour, add richness, texture and flavor to grilled chicken. Brush on the sauce carefully during the last 10 minutes of grilling, and turn the meat so the sugars in the sauce don’t burn, leaving you with an unpleasant char.
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