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Chicken Wing Brine HELP!

LOTW Oct 19, 2009 03:00 PM

I was planning on grilling some chicken wings tonight, and I have had them in a brine since this afternoon. But something has come up and I won't be grilling tonight.

What should I do? I know I can't leave the wings in the brine until tommorrow (too much water and salt ) - but if I drain them now will I lose all the benefits of the brine by the time I grill tommorrow?

Any suggestions or tips would be greatly appretiated!

  1. ChristinaMason Oct 19, 2009 03:27 PM

    I think they'll be totally fine if you drain them tonight. The meat has no doubt already absorbed some of the salt and any spices you added.

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      powderhound Oct 19, 2009 04:03 PM

      Removing the wings from brine this evening will still return the moist goodness you expect with a bonus. Rinse and place wings on drying rack (a cooling grid dropped in a sheet pan). Let the wings dry in the fridge overnight. Skin will be fabulously crisp after grilling.

      I use this overnight drying method for all of my poultry brining; whether grilling or smoking, I have been in crisp skin heaven since.

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      1. re: powderhound
        LOTW Oct 19, 2009 04:39 PM

        Thanks for the help both of you.

        I'm draining, and wil be drying in the fridge - let you know how they turned out tommorrow night.

        Thanks again

        1. re: powderhound
          MrsCheese Oct 19, 2009 07:11 PM

          Yes, I actually prefer the drying time. Keeps the skin from being flabby.

        2. LOTW Oct 20, 2009 08:15 PM

          So I drained the wings and air-dried them in the fridge. I grilled them over charcoal and then sauced them up. They turned out not to shabby - thanks for the tips!

          See more photos: http://lordofthewings.blogspot.com/20...

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