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Washing Meat with Vinegar & Water

Improve Meat Taste and Texture

My friend Eddy showed me how to wash chicken in vinegar and water before putting it in the oven or barbecue. Rather than just washing meat under cold running water (like I always did), Eddy plunges the bird into a bath of water and vinegar and rubs it all over, inside and out, to get rid of all dirt and loose particles.

He then throws away the dirty water and repeats the same thing all over again, washing the chicken twice in this vinegar bath.

Picture of two chickens drying after washing twice in a water and vinegar solution in preparation for the barbecue.

Why Washing with Vinegar?

Eddy applies this method of washing with vinegar to all his chicken and pork, and says that the vinegar will clean, desinfect and tenderize the meat, and that the degreasing effect of the vinegar on the meat will allow the taste of dry rub or marinade to penetrate better and deeper into the meat.

So washing with vinegar would not only be beneficial for reasons of health and hygiene, it will also improve taste and texture of the meat.

And I think Eddy is right! Check it out!

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For a double vinegar bath you will need the following ingredients:

2x 3 quarts
2x 1 cup

*) Note:
The water does not need to be ice-cold. Ice-cold water will not work very well to remove excess grease from the meat during washing.
However, after washing you should store the meat as cold as possible.

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Take a clean non-reactive bowl, pour in 1 cup of vinegar, add 3 quarts of water. This will be the bath tub...

Take a second non-reactive bowl, spread some paper towels on the bottom and against the sides, and put it next to the bath tub, ready to receive one wet chicken...

That's it, ready for the plunge!

Picture of second non-reactive bowl, with some paper towels spread on the bottom and against the sides, ready to receive one wet chicken.

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Chicken in Bath

Picture of washing chicken in vinegar water in preparation for the barbecue.

Thoroughly wash the chicken, removing any loose or dangling particles. (You will be surprised to see how dirty the water gets!)

Picture of washing chicken in vinegar water in preparation for the barbecue or grill.

Throw away the dirty water, and repeat process for second thorough washing of the chicken.

Juancho's BBQ Tip  

A word of caution here: when working with raw fish or meat, make sure all work surfaces, utensils, and your hands are thoroughly clean before you start, and clean thoroughly immediately after you finish!

Consider the people you love. A good food poisoning can ruin more than just your reputation as a Pit Master...

Picture of naked chicken after a bath in vinegar water in preparation for the oven or bbq.

After washing chicken twice, blot dry using paper towels, or leave to dry in a cool place.

Once the chicken is dry inside and out, it is ready to receive your favourite dry rub or marinade.

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Chicken BBQ Recipes

Here's some chicken barbecue recipes, if you like:

Edgar's Losie Foroe - Surinam Grilled Chicken

Photo of Edgar and his Grilled Chicken - by Blue Smoke BBQ. Like many Surinam people, my friend Eddy is a natural born cook. And he loves to grill! This Surinam Losie Foroe recipe (grilled chicken) is one of his favourites.

Blue Smoke Grilled Chicken

Photo of one grilled chicken ready to go! By Blue Smoke BBQ. Barbecue grilled chicken at its best. You should always buy the best chicken you can, but after hot smoking and indirect grilling, even the cheapest chicken will taste fantastic!

Blue Smoke Highway Chicken

Photo of Blue Smoke Highway Chicken by Blue Smoke BBQ. Just imagine you have to scrape your chicken from the highway after it's been hit by a couple of 18-wheelers and a white delivery van...
Pure Barbecue Magic !!!

Juanita's Smoked Chicken Legs

Photo of Juanita's Smoked Chicken Legs by Blue Smoke BBQ. When on a Saturday in June 2005 the whole chickens were sold out, we entered into a new era. With Juanita's Smoked Chicken Legs we were heading for a long hot summer!

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Barbeque Technology...

Here's some more barbecue "technology", if you like:

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