"Experience the taste of umami in your meals with Kikkoman Soy Sauce. Try cooking with this dynamic sauce in traditional Asian dishes, mainstream American foods, classic Mediterranean dishes, Caribbean cuisine, or even to brine poultry."
I've never brined poultry before, so I was excited to participate. I received not only 2 coupons for a free bottle of Kikkoman Soy Sauce, but a 5 gallon brining bucket as well.
First, here's the recipe that was recommended:
2 cups Kikkoman Soy Sauce
2 Gallons water
1 1/2 Cups Kosher Salt
8 Cloves minced garlic
2 tablespoons whole black peppercorns
4 dried bay leaves
1/4 Cup Worcestershire sauce
3/4 Cup brown sugar
Combine all ingredients in a large food safe container. Whisk until salt and sugar are totally dissolved. Place meat into brine. Leave in brine about 1 hour per pound of meat. Once done brining, pat meat dry before cooking. Roast the chicken and baste with Kikkoman Soy Sauce.
I decided right off the bat not to alter the recipe like I tend to do, since I normally love adding additional spices. I didn't have any kosher salt or whole black peppercorns, but roughly estimated the equivalent of table salt and powdered black pepper.
|Bye Bye Birdie.|
Once we put everything in the bucket (as well as removed a shelf in the fridge to fit it!) we decided to let it brine for almost 24 hours versus the 4 hours that the recipe recommended. We also used our rotisserie to cook the bird instead of roasting it in the oven since we didn't have access to the oven upstairs. We basted it as recommended with Kikkoman Soy Sauce.
|Not shown: hubby doing the heavy lifting for weak muscled me.|
I have to say that the bird came out perfectly. It looked and smelled AMAZING. It came out incredibly tender and juicy, a bit moreso than usually when it comes to cooking in the rotisserie. The skin was to die for, just packed full of flavor and not salty at all like I expected!
All in all though, I was still extremely impressed with brining with Kikkoman. I will definitely be trying this again with some alterations to the recipe! Much thanks to Smiley360 for letting me join this wonderful project!
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