sweet tea brined chicken
Rustin and I have come to a mutual agreement that if we hear one more person talk about the heat "here in Texas" we might explode. If we had moved from the NORTHeast, instead of the SOUTHeast, I would totally welcome any and all commentary about how "used to the heat" we need to get. However, we both were born and raised in the beautiful state of Alabama, where it indeed gets hot as hell in the summer. Same with Atlanta, I simply cannot, for the life of me, remember any cool summer nights in the past 3 summers we spent in the A. Now for the rain...May/Early June must have become the new April, because I seriously have never seen so much rain in my life. The flooding was REAL, y'all. All annoyances aside, the people of Dallas are extremely welcoming and we feel lucky to have such a nice place to call home.
Despite the heat and because of the rain, my herbs have been flourishing in our little apartment garden. Perk #1 of our new place, we are on the ground floor with a patch of grass that has enough space for Scout to do her business and a separate area for my garden to stay away from her business. I have herbs in so much abundance I try to incorporate them in nearly every meal we eat, which leads me to this Sweet Tea Brined Chicken.
I have admired and loved Southern Living for as long as I can remember. I believe better than any publication out there, they truly capture the essence of authentic southern cooking. My mom had raved about this Sweet Tea Brined Chicken, and it used herbs, which as I said I have far too many of, so I knew I needed to break down and make it.
I literally cannot say enough about this recipe. The most "difficult" part about it was making sure you got the chicken to brine a full 24 hours. It is a fabulous recipe to make in bulk and serve at a BBQ or family gathering. We chose to do just dark meat, thighs and legs, because that is our favorite, but any piece of the chicken brined and grilled this way would be simply amazing.
For the recipe, head over to Southern Living, here!
Until next time, stay cool out there in this heat;)