Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
We know what we’re barbecuing this weekend! We couldn’t agree more with Southern Living’s idea to use sweet tea as a brine for moist flavorful chicken. Plus, the recipe combines lemon, rosemary, onion and garlic…perfect!
For this recipe we recommend Stash Tea American Iced Tea or American Decaf Iced Tea.
Sweet Tea-Brined Chicken
2 family-size tea bags
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup kosher salt
1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, halved
2 (6-inch) fresh rosemary sprigs
1 tablespoon freshly cracked pepper
2 cups ice cubes
1 (3 1/2- to 4-lb.) cut-up whole chicken
1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a 3-qt. heavy saucepan; add tea bags. Remove from heat; cover and steep 10 minutes.
2. Discard tea bags. Stir in sugar and next 6 ingredients, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cool completely (about 45 minutes); stir in ice. (Mixture should be cold before adding chicken.)
3. Place tea mixture and chicken in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag; seal. Place bag in a shallow baking dish and chill 24 hours. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade; pat chicken dry with paper towels.
4. Light one side of grill, heating to 300° to 350° (medium) heat; leave other side unlit. Place chicken, skin side down, over unlit side, and grill, covered with grill lid, 20 minutes. Turn chicken, and grill, covered with grill lid, 40 to 50 minutes or until done. Transfer chicken, skin side down, to lit side of grill, and grill 2 to 3 minutes or until skin is crispy. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Note: Total time does not include 1 day marinating time.
photo credit: IMPROV Kitchen
Watermelon is one of our favorite summer fruits. Here’s a quick and easy iced tea recipe from IMPROV Kitchen that’s oh-so-good and super refreshing!
Watermelon Sweet Tea
2 c. cubed seedless watermelon
2 c. brewed iced tea
4 T. agave nectar
In a blender, combine ingredients and puree until combined. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve. Pour over ice, sip, enjoy!
Get creative! Morgan, the author of the IMPROV Kitchen blog has these great suggestions for variations of this recipe:
- Freeze the watermelon first to make this into a slushy.
- Try it with cantaloupe and a black or white tea.
- Use your sweetener of choice; honey, simple syrup (1 c. sugar + 1 c. water heated up until dissolved), artificial sweetener and super fine sugar will work too! Vary the level depending on how sweet you like your tea.
- Add some vodka or light rum for a sweet summertime cocktail.