We're taking the brine way past your holiday turkey! Get the juiciest, most succulent bite of meat from your grill with these recipes that begin with a good brine.
Clinched and Planked Chicken ThighsThe basic brine for these chicken thighs includes plenty of spices and lemon for added flavor.
B-Side Brown Sugar Smoked BrisketThe bourbon in this brown sugar brine adds flavor and helps tenderize the meat.
Grilled Pork Chops with Brown-sugar Brine and Onion-Peach MarmaladeBecause modern pork is very lean, the meat can easily dry out when cooked. Using a brine adds moisture and flavor to the chops.
Sweet Tea-Brined ChickenFor the tastiest chicken ever, brine a whole cut-up chicken in the South's signature beverage—sweet tea with lemon.
Cider-Brined Pork Chops with Grilled ApplesGrilled pork chops benefit dramatically from a hard cider brine that penetrates right to the middle of the meat and an apple-brandy glaze that coats the outside of the pork with a tangy sweetness.
Grilled Shrimp with SangritaMarinating shrimp in a seafood brine ensures moisture retention and enhances the flavors of this exquisite hors d'oeuvre.
Barbecued ChickenFrom chef Tyler Florence, everything you could want in a piece of barbecued chicken: moist meat, crisp skin, and tangy sauce. See his step-by-step tutorial on brining chicken at the end of the gallery.
Coffee and Molasses-Brined Pork ChopsCoffee adds a background flavor that helps bring out the sweet yet bitter undertone of the molasses. This brine is also excellent with chicken thighs and drumsticks, and pork or beef ribs.
Chai-Brined Shrimp SkewersA brine made with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves is infused with black tea leaves before hitting the shrimp.
Charcoal-grilled Pork Shoulder with Fresh Herbs and Roasted GarlicBrining the pork shoulder for at least one day prior to cooking on the charcoal grill gives the meat a melt-in-your-mouth tender finish.
Buttermilk-Brined Grilled ChickenButtermilk-Brined Grilled Chicken is soaked in a mixture of buttermilk, brown sugar, and hot sauce to ensure flavor and juiciness.
Mackerel with Herb SaladBrining the fish in water with salt and sugar heightens its natural flavor, but it also provides a little added insurance that the fish will remain moist.
Video: How to Brine ChickenLearn how to make a brine for grilled chicken with Food Network star Tyler Florence.