Bite Through Chicken Thighs

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by oconeeal, Aug 19, 2017.

  1. oconeeal

    oconeeal Smoke Blower

    I am entering my very first BBQ competition next weekend and wanting to do the bite through Chicken Thighs.  Last week I did it starting off at 275% for first 30 minutes and then dropped temp down to 225% for remainder of the cook and had the bite through skin.  I did this with fresh non frozen thighs.  Ii repeated everything the same way this weekend but used some previously frozen thighs that were thawed and did not get the same bite through skin.  Is the fact that I used the frozen thighs the reason for not getting the bite through effect this time.  I am going in and cleaning the skin of added fat.  Any other point I may be missing.  

    Thank you for the feedback.
  2. mike5051

    mike5051 Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Were the thighs the same size?  When I buy fresh chicken it has never been frozen and is generally smaller in size/weight compared to the other chicken.  I would also think that 275+ after the 225 smoke would produce better skin. 

  3. oconeeal

    oconeeal Smoke Blower

    Yes the same size
  4. griz400

    griz400 Master of the Pit

    Buy your chicken at publix ... seems their chickens thin skinned and not full of fat .. what I do sometimes is take fingers between meat and skin, then pat it dry and put a little seasoning mix (spg) under skin , try it on a couple ,,,

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