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The Reason You Should Brine Chicken Before Grilling
There is often a debate on how to prepare chicken before it hits the grill, especially regarding chicken breast. Giving your chicken the Thanksgiving treatment of a brine mixture adds flavor to the meat while keeping it juicy and tender.
Both wet and dry brines are effective because the mixture’s salt allows the chicken to retain moisture during cooking, decreasing the likelihood that the chicken will dry out and ensuring that it will remain juicy. The most challenging part now is deciding between a dry or wet brine.
Using dry brine will help a chicken brown, while wet brine can make a chicken juicier. Choosing not to brine and instead using barbeque sauce could be a mistake, as the acid found in commercial barbeque sauces will dry out your chicken.