Want your food smoked? Don’t forget the brine. When you decide you want some food smoke, you are often going to prepare it with brine, first. Having a good brine solution is imperative. Not only does it help to provide additional flavor to the meat, but it also improves the sterilization of the food, meaning that it will remain preserved for longer.
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