Char Siu Thighs

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by disco, Sep 6, 2015.

  1. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have made Char Siu Pork on the mini (see http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/186230/char-siu-pork-on-the-mini). I love it and it has become one of my favourites. I had to tale some food to a picnic and I decided to try cooking chicken thighs with the same technique I use with the Char Siu Pork.

    I started with 2 kg (4 pounds) of chicken thighs. I mixed a marinade of:
    • 175 ml (2/3 cup) soy sauce
    • 50 ml (1/4 cup) hoisin
    • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) five spice
    • 8 ml (1 1/2 teaspoon) sriracha (could substitute 3 ml (1/2 teaspoon) hot pepper sauce)
    • 375 ml (1 1/2 cup) brown sugar
    • 7 ml (1 1/2 teaspoon) red food colouring
    I tossed the chicken in the marinade.


    I covered the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge overnight. I did stir it a couple of times.

    I took it out and put it on a platter.


    I fired the WSM Mini up to just over 400 F over apple chunks and with no heat deflector.


    I brushed the thighs with vegetable oil. I find brushing with vegetable oil before and during smoking gives a nice bite through skin texture. I put the chicken on the mini.

    I smoked it for 40 minutes turning the chicken and brushing it with oil ever 10 minutes.

    A word of warning, keep an eye on the smoker. This amount of chicken drops a lot of fat on the coals and they may flare up. Mine didn't but it is a possibility.


    With opening the lid every 10 minutes, the temperature drops. However, the faithful mini held just below 350 F.


    I made sure the internal temperature of the chicken was over 165 F (it was about 173 F) and served.

    I set some aside for the picnic to serve cold.



    The Verdict

    This is very tasty. The skin gets sticky but is bite through. The sweet/spice taste of the Char Siu marinade goes great with a chicken thigh. It was great cold at the picnic and disappeared rapidly. This is another dish on my rotation.

    Disco
     
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  2. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dynamite dish, Disco!


    :grilling_smilie:
     
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  3. b-one

    b-one Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That looks great,nice work!
     
  4. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks. We really enjoyed it.
    Thanks, b-one!

    Disco
     
  5. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Awesome Disco, nice smoke.... Yet one more to add to my never ending list of gotta try smokes ! 🍻
     
  6. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Justin. I know what you mean about the long list. I remember my physics instructor saying infinity plus one equals infinity. So I figure my list isn't growing.​

    Disco
     
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Justin. I know what you mean about the long list. I remember my physics instructor saying infinity plus one equals infinity. So I figure my list isn't growing.​

    Disco
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    You were taught "old school" math obviously.... none of that "common core" for our northern friends, for sure....
     
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  8. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks and sounds awesome Disco.

    Points
     
  9. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member



    You were taught "old school" math obviously.... none of that "common core" for our northern friends, for sure....[/quote]
    Of course not, that would not support my hypothesis.
    Thanks for the point Adam!

    Disco
     
  10. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Disco the color is fantastic,I see that spicy sauce in a few stores by me.Thanks for the recipe 

    Richie

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  11. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the point and kind words!

    Disco
     
  12. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great post as usual Disco!

    POINTS!!!!
     
  13. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nicely done friend. b

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  14. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Case! I appreciate the points.
    Har, Brian. It is largely your fault, you helped me make my mini.

    Disco
     

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