at what temp does chicken/turkey stop taking on smoke flavor?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by omahasmoker, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. omahasmoker

    omahasmoker Smoke Blower

    i am looking at going with a PID control/higher wattage heater and forced air in my fridge conversion. i can do 20 pounds of wings or 45 pounds of chicken at once but with only a 1200 watt heating element, it takes a long time.

    i know that at a certain point, the chicken stops taking on any more smoke flavor. does anybody know what temperature that might be? i think i should be able to go with a lower temperature to begin with and then ramp it up to 250-300 degrees in the last hour or so to finish them off.

    anybody have any ideas?
  2. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member

    I would not say that any meat ever truly stops taking on flavor it's just that the pores are supposedly more open when meat is uncooked and therefore the greatest intensity of smoke flavor is achieved at the beginning of the cook than at the end.

    Even when the pores are supposedly tightly closed as in bologna, already-cooked ham, etc. the meat can still be flavored with smoke.

    My recommendation on almost anything when using a non-stickburner is to try and add smoke for at least half of the estimated cook time for best results.
  3. omahasmoker

    omahasmoker Smoke Blower

    thanks for the advice. i always add smoke for the entire duration. if i can, i will even throw the meat in the electric smoker and then put the smoke to it for an hour or so before i turn the electric heater on.
  4. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    From what I gather the meat can always keep taking on a smoky flavor maybe more at certain times of the meat temp but it will keep getting a smoky flavor but there is a certain temp where the smoke ring will no longer penetrate any further that is usually around 160.
  5. omahasmoker

    omahasmoker Smoke Blower

    it looks like i might have to go no higher than 150 for the first two hours and then ramp the temperature up to 325-350 or so to get the skin nice and crispy.

    i am looking forward to getting the heating elements moved to outside the fridge proper and putting in new racks to get my capacity up to 60 or more pounds of chicken. i have several events coming up that will be over a hundred pieces of chicken each.
  6. bbally

    bbally Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Transport stops at 145 F as the protien start to tighten up and squeeze down to the point the penatration is nill. Outside continues to take smoke, but the inside... nada!

    Number one way most people ruin their first brisket is to let the firebox get out of control and over heat the meat. Once you close the protiens to a tightened mass it is over.

    You can make it tender with time, but the smoke ring will not grow.
  7. I have to agree with bbally and Omaha.
    my exerience and also what I have read is that meat can only really take about 3-4 hours of smoke.
    witch is usually around 140 ish
    with poultry I find that a brine really helps as well
  8. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Now you cann't get any better advice then you have just gotten. With Jeff and Bbally those are two of the most smoking professors here I think.
  9. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I agree with the 140* but figure the surface of the meat will take on smoke thru the cook.

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