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10 Minute chicken breast vacuum speed brine


This recipe is one that was listed on the Traeger grilling blog by MikeMcQ.

Everyone knows brining can greatly enhance maintaining moistness and adding deep all the way through flavor. But it takes time and evenings after work time is short! Well I've used vacuum marinating steaks etc. for decades and it hit me the other night, why not brining too. (some people are slower than others Embarrassed )

(The author of this recipe uses a type of pellet grill and some of the words and phrases are used with the particular grill he uses. In posting this recipe, I have changed some of the terms so the reader will know what is going on. I hope I have changed enough so people don't get confused. Jeri)

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  • 2 c filtered water
  • 1 Tbsp sea salt
  • 2 Tbs plus 1tsp muscovado sugar
  • 1 crushed and minced garlic clove
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp Penzeys Poultry Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp Tellicherry pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Ground allspice



Step 1

(Before making the brine turned on Daniel Boone (grill) to preheat to 350f.)

Add 1c water and the rest of the ingredients in sauce pan and bring to a boil and simmer for a while. Remove from heat and add 1c crushed ice.

Lightly pound 8.5oz boneless skinless chicken breast to even out thickness. (Learned long ago pounding works much better still in a sealed Foodsaver bag than laying on a board covered in plastic wrap.) Then into Foodsaver vacuum dish.

When Vacuum marinating, my rule of thumb is 5 min about equals 1 hr. I decided on a long brine time, vacuum brined for 10 minutes. Removed from vac, rinsed, patted dry and brushed one side with EVOO.

Out to the grill and tossed a handful of pellets in "Smoke Daddy" to augment smoke of higher temp 350f quick cook. On the grill grates they went. (Just got my Grill Grates Monday. I would have used a higher temp but already learned on my Rib Eye GG break in cook at 500f the fan runs too strong over powering the Smoke Daddy, this was my first attempt using Smoke Daddy @ 350f and it worked well.) Rotated breast 90 degrees after about 2min (cut in two portions before grilling) and closed the grill back up. Another couple minutes and turned them over. About 3 more minutes done.

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