Master Buttermilk Brine Food

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Buttermilk-Brined Rotisserie Chicken image

Trussing this chicken and securing it on the rotisserie spit is key for even cooking and browning. The buttermilk brine is flavorful and adds a nice spice.

Provided by Food Network Kitchen

Categories     main-dish

Time 3h40m

Yield 4 servings

Number Of Ingredients 12

Kosher salt
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
6 cloves garlic, smashed
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 whole chicken (about 4 pounds)
3 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Make the brine: Heat 1 cup water, 1/4 cup salt, the brown sugar, garlic, coriander seeds, 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring, until the salt dissolves. Let cool completely.
  • Put the chicken in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour in the brine and buttermilk; seal the bag. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight, turning once or twice.
  • About 30 minutes before grilling, remove the chicken from the brine and pat dry. Let sit at room temperature.
  • Prepare a grill with a rotisserie attachment according to the manufacturer's instructions. Preheat the grill to medium and prepare for indirect cooking: On a gas grill, turn off the center burner(s); on a charcoal grill, bank the coals to the sides.
  • Combine the butter, vinegar, ground coriander, garlic powder and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon paprika and 1/8 teaspoon cayenne in a saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring, until the butter is melted. Set aside.
  • Truss the chicken with kitchen twine: Tie the legs together and tie the wings close to the body so the chicken is a round shape. Once the grill registers 325˚ F to 350˚ F, slide the chicken onto the rotisserie spit. Insert the prongs on the rod into the chicken so it's snug; secure with the thumbscrews. (If the twine loosens, tie again.) Place the rod onto the rotisserie with a drip pan underneath; turn the rotisserie on.
  • Cover the grill and cook, basting the chicken with the butter mixture every 30 minutes, until a thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 165˚ and the skin is browned and crisp, 2 to 2 1/2 hours. (If using a charcoal grill, add coals as needed to maintain a temperature of 325˚ F to 350˚ F.)
  • Turn off the rotisserie. For a gas grill, turn off the grill and let the chicken rest on the rod for 10 minutes before carving. For charcoal, lay the chicken, on the rod, on a foil-lined baking sheet and let rest 10 minutes before carving.


Buttermilk-Brined Spice-Rubbed Turkey image

Provided by Food Network Kitchen

Categories     main-dish

Time 4h

Yield 8 servings

Number Of Ingredients 15

1 cup kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
2 heads garlic, halved
20 sprigs fresh thyme
3 quarts buttermilk
3/4 cup hot sauce (such as Cholula)
1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
2 onions (1 sliced, 1 quartered)
1 12- to 14-pound turkey, thawed if frozen, neck and giblets removed
3 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  • Brine the turkey: Bring 2 cups water, the salt, brown sugar, 1 halved garlic head and 10 thyme sprigs to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar. Remove from the heat and add 6 cups cold water; let cool to room temperature. Whisk the buttermilk, hot sauce, mustard and sliced onion in a large bowl, then whisk in the salt-sugar mixture. Place the turkey in a brining bag or extra-large pot. Pour the brine over the turkey, seal or cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Position a rack in the lowest part of the oven; remove the other racks and preheat to 350˚. Set a rack in a large roasting pan. Remove the turkey from the brine, letting the excess drip off as much as possible, and transfer, breast-side up, to the rack. Pat the turkey dry. Let sit at room temperature 30 minutes.
  • Combine the paprika, onion powder, granulated garlic, cayenne and 1 teaspoon black pepper in a small bowl. Stuff the turkey cavity with the remaining 1 halved garlic head and 10 thyme sprigs and the quartered onion; tie the legs together with kitchen twine. Tuck the wings under the body. Season the turkey all over with salt and brush with the melted butter. Coat the turkey with the spice mixture.
  • Roast the turkey 1 1/2 hours, then baste with the pan drippings. (Add 1/4 cup water to the roasting pan if it's too dry.) Continue to roast, basting every 30 minutes, until the skin is crisp and a thermometer inserted into the thigh registers 165˚, 45 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. Transfer the turkey to a cutting board and let rest 30 minutes before carving.


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In this lesson, you'll learn why a buttermilk brine results in tender, flavorful meat. Amanda Haas also shows you a clean, easy way to ensure even brining.

Provided by Food Network

Categories     main-dish

Time P1DT4h30m

Yield 12 servings

Number Of Ingredients 13

1 quart Water
3/4 cup kosher salt
1 cup Ice cubes
5 tablespoons dried basil
5 tablespoons coriander seed
2 tablespoons yellow mustard seed
2 tablespoons black peppercorns
5 bay leaves
1 tablespoon garlic powder
4 quarts buttermilk
1 fresh turkey (12 lb), 5½ kg; neck and giblets removed; reserve for gravy, optional
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
Freshly ground black pepper


  • Buttermilk Brine: Pour water into a medium saucepan over high heat. Add salt and stir to dissolve; once all the salt has dissolved, remove from heat and add ice cubes to cool quickly.
  • In a large stock pot, add basil, coriander seed, mustard seed, black peppercorns, bay leaves, and garlic powder. Add buttermilk, salt water, and stir.
  • Rinse turkey inside and out with cold water. Line a stock pot large enough to hold the turkey with a brining bag. Place the turkey into the bag, then carefully pour in the buttermilk brine. (Optional: Use a pitcher to help transfer the brine.) Press out all the air, then seal the bag. Transfer the bagged turkey to a sheet tray and refrigerate for 24-36 hours, turning every 4 to 6 hours for even brining.
  • Remove the turkey from the brining bag; discard the brine. Rinse the turkey inside and out with cold water and pat completely dry with paper towels, inside and out. Place the turkey breast side up on a rack in a large roasting pan. Twist and tuck the wing tips underneath the turkey. Cross the legs, then tie together with kitchen twine. Rub the skin evenly with butter. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Meanwhile, position oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 400 F.
  • Season the turkey all over with pepper. Roast the turkey for 30 minutes. Then reduce the oven temperature to 325 F and continue roasting, about 15 minutes per pound. After 1 hour of total cooking time, remove turkey from the oven, opening and closing the door as quickly as possible to maintain the temperature. Baste turkey with the juices that have accumulated in the pan. (Tip: For easier basting, tilt the pan to allow juices to collect on one side.) Check temperature by inserting a thermometer into the thickest part of the breast and thigh, away from the bone. The turkey is done when a digital thermometer registers 165 F at the thickest part of the breast and 175 F at the thigh. (At this point, the turkey won't be done, but you will have a better idea of how much cooking time is left.) Continue roasting, basting and checking the temperature every 30 minutes. Total roasting time should be 2½-3½ hours.
  • When turkey has reached temperature, immediately transfer to a carving board, cover loosely with foil, and let rest for 30 minutes before carving. (See the "How to Carve a Turkey" lesson for carving instructions.)


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Make and share this Master Brine Recipe for Meats recipe from

Provided by Diana Adcock

Categories     Lactose Free

Time P2DT15m

Yield 1 recipe

Number Of Ingredients 10

10 cloves garlic, minced
3 quarts water
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup black peppercorns, plus
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
1/4 cup sugar, plus
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon whole allspice
1 bay leaf


  • Bring all ingredients to a boil in a large saucepan, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Allow to cool completely before using.
  • Large heavy duty sealable plastic bags work the best.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 383.6, Fat 1.8, SaturatedFat 0.7, Sodium 56688.4, Carbohydrate 97, Fiber 12.1, Sugar 58.9, Protein 6.4


Kittencal's Buttermilk Poultry Brine (For Chicken or Turkey) image

You may never grill, fry or bake chicken again without using this brine first, it will produce the most flavourful juicy moist chicken you will *ever* have, it's a must for chicken and turkey breasts, and makes the best fried chicken on this planet! Plan ahead the chicken needs to marinade in the buttermilk brine for a minimum of 8 hours or up to 24 hours. This brine is enough to cover about 4 pounds chicken pieces. You can double the recipe and use it on a small whole turkey also, the cumin is only optional, if you are not a lover of cumin then you can omit but it really brings out so much extra flavor without being overpowering.... you will *LOVE* this brine! also see my recipe #225220 and recipe #148225.

Provided by Kittencalrecipezazz

Categories     Chicken Thigh & Leg

Time 8h

Yield 1 quart brine

Number Of Ingredients 7

1 quart buttermilk
1 small onion, finely chopped (or use 1/2 cup chopped shallots)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic (or use 2 teaspoons garlic powder)
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cumin (can use up to 1 tablespoon) (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper


  • In a large bowl mix or whisk the buttermilk, shallots, garlic, salt, sugar, cumin (if using) and black pepper until the sugar and salt is completely dissolved.
  • Rinse the chicken in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Place the chicken in the buttermilk mixture; toss with clean hands to coat the chicken in the mixture.
  • Cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 8-24 hours.
  • Rinse the chicken quick and just slightly under cold water to remove the onions and garlic if desired before cooking or grilling.
  • Grill or oven-bake as desired.

Nutrition Facts : Calories 553, Fat 8.9, SaturatedFat 5.5, Cholesterol 39.2, Sodium 14988.7, Carbohydrate 86.8, Fiber 2.4, Sugar 75.3, Protein 34.7

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How do you make buttermilk brine?
The buttermilk brine is flavorful and adds a nice spice. Make the brine: Heat 1 cup water, 1/4 cup salt, the brown sugar, garlic, coriander seeds, 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring, until the salt dissolves. Let cool completely. Put the chicken in a large resealable plastic bag.
How to marinate chicken in buttermilk?
Stir 2 tablespoons of kosher salt into the buttermilk. After 30 minutes, put the chicken in a gallon Ziploc bag with a buttermilk brine mixture. Move bag to distribute brine to cover the chicken. Place the bag in a baking dish (in case of leaks or spills) and into the refrigerator. Allow marinating at least 12 hours and up to 48 hours.
What is buttermilk-brined meat?
Buttermilk-brined meat is food science in action. The technique, which likely hails from the Southern tradition of soaking chicken in buttermilk overnight to tenderize it before dredging and frying the bird, was recently repopularized for turkeys by Samin Nosrat.
How do you brine chicken?
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