Brining pre-brined wings

by Evan
(Wash DC)

First-time smoker here. I bought wings to smoke for gameday, and the package says, "Contains up to 8% solution of water and Kosher salt". Does that mean the wings are pre-brined? If not, how much salt should I use in a brine solution? 1/2 the recipe? Less?

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Feb 12, 2024
To Brine Again or Not to Brine Again
by: Joseph

Hi Evan,

I like the image of the wings!

Thank you for your question.

Yes, an 8% percent solution of water and kosher salt is technically a brine. I'm not sure of the percent of salinity in that solution, so I can't advise if you should brine it more or leave it as is.

(A typical brine is 6% salinity. An 8% solution in the example above means up to 8% of the weight of what you're buying is the solution; it's not the percentage of salinity)

You would not brine pre-brined meat or poultry; it would be too salty.

The wings probably have enough salt, so I wouldn't add any more. You can always add more salt if needed after they're done, but you can't take it away, so be careful about oversalting.

Let me know if you have any more questions or need anything else.

Happy Cooking!

Enjoy the game and those wings.


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