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Somewhere between a pinch and a dash is a smidgen, and when it comes to good cooking, a smidgen can make all the difference! Smidgen is the home cooking podcast of Red Stick Spice Company. Join host Anne Milneck as she talks about food, home cooking, how to use spices, and the joy of making flavorful meals that your whole family will love. You'll also get to follow Anne into the Red Stick Spice Test Kitchen for a live cooking session that will give you the meal inspiration you're looking for. 

Apr 28, 2022

We’re taking on listener questions this season of Smidgen, and on this episode it’s all about BRINE. Wet brine? Dry brine? What proteins can be brined? Our question comes from Caroline and to answer, Red Stick Spice Company store owner and Smidgen host Anne Milneck brings on Rhonda and Danny Titus of Road Toad Smokin’ BBQ. Rhonda—known as the “Chicken Queen” is an award-winning griller and she shares her champion brining secrets on Smidgen.

By the end of this episode, you’ll know exactly how to wet brine a variety of proteins (plus get some extra tips for spatchcocking chicken.) You’ll know about early salting and dry brining and you’re going to want to try them all!

Mentioned on the show:

- Try your hand at Maple Brined Pork Loin using delicious Garlic Maple Rub

- Anne recommends savory Lamb Blend that (surprise!) can be used on lots of proteins besides lamb

- How does Rhonda wet brine her award-winning chicken? What goes into her brine?

- How long do I wet brine chicken? (Timing is critical! The difference between super moist and spongey is TIME.)

- What are some tips for making spatchcock chicken easier?

- How do I incorporate spices into my brining? Whare are some spice suggestions?

- How do I get the Red Stick Spice Company newsletter with recipes and cooking ideas? Sign up for our newsletter here.

- Want to learn more about competitive barbecuing? Rhonda and Danny compete with Barbecue Competitors Alliance (—see upcoming events here: BCA BBQ Upcoming Events

- My mouth is watering—can you tell me more about the Zuni Café Chicken? Read the blog post.

We hope this episode inspires you to try brining—both wet and dry—as a way to reinvent some of your favorite dishes. Follow Red Stick Spice Co socials, including FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.

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