chicken confusion???

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by johnnyrockford, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. Hey fellow smokers!  Got the newsletter in my email today and love the recipe for smoked chicken in a pie pan.  I like the idea of smoking a whole chicken---setting a whole cooked bird at the dining room table is the ultimate presentation in my book.

    Anyway, my question is this:  Looking at chickens in the store, some say Frying and some say Roasting.   The Roasters seem like they are a little bigger, but not much.  So, does anyone know the difference and does it matter when it comes to smoking? 
  2. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    Cant really help with the question.... chickens are not my go to cook.... but Ill wait for a few I know that are chicken peoples and like you await some answers.  its a good question.
  3. so ms smoker

    so ms smoker Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

      Not sure myself but I buy the one that is on sale! Usually around 5 pounds. They always come out great.

  4. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    just throwing it out... but does it have anything to do with the additives while processing? you would think more liquid additives for a roasting bird vs a fryer right? that's just a random thought. I waiting on David or Keith to chime in ...
  5. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

    roaster's are larger, older bird...fryers are younger, small birds...i like the roaster's much better for smoking whole
  6. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Fryer chickens are younger then the roasters.

    Places will prefer the smaller chickens for frying due to size and ease of cooking in the oil. The smaller birds can be a bit more tender, but really depends on their diet. I have had roasters that were very tender. For my cooks I usually go for what is on sale.

    So for your purpose of smoking it really depends on how many you are feeding and cost. just my thoughts....
  7. Dang you guys didn't waste any time!  That's why I love ya! [​IMG]   I found an article on yahoo saying Fryers are young--7 weeks old and between 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 lbs.  Roasters are older--3 to 5 months and 5 to 7 lbs.
  8. FWIW, here are the official definitions handed down by the "rulers."

    Rock Cornish game hen or Cornish game hen: an immature chicken younger than five weeks old (previously five to six weeks), of either sex, with a ready-to-cook carcass weight of two pounds or less.
    Broiler or fryer: a chicken younger than 10 weeks old (previously younger than 13 weeks), of either sex, that is tender-meated with soft, pliable, smooth-textured skin and flexible breastbone cartilage.
    Roaster or roasting chicken: a young chicken between eight and 12 weeks old (previously three to five months old), of either sex, with a ready-to-cook carcass weight of five pounds or more, that is tender-meated with soft, pliable, smooth-textured skin and breastbone cartilage that is somewhat less flexible than that of a broiler or fryer.

  9. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    Smf is faster than google/yahoo.. lol. We both learned something today.. woohoo. . ;)
  10. You said it webowabo....I'm always learning on this site.  A friend of mine got a a brinkmann bullet smoker and the first thing I did was email him a link to this site. 
  11. kathrynn

    kathrynn Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I always use the roasters simply because there is more meat.  Use them for chicken and dumplins and for smoking too!

  12. I usually get roasters because they have a little more meat but if the fryers are a fair bit cheaper I go with them - both are good to smoke  [​IMG]
  13. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    My friends dont smoke or grill or cook or anything... they get sick of me talking about this forum. I gotta start hangimg around the smokers at home depot or academy or something.. just for a "normal conversation" with something that interest me... lol..
  14. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I feel you'll be spinning your wheels at a Box Store... they just want the paycheck , most don't their "A" from a hole in the ground...

    Holler out for neighbors there in the Metroplex. I know of several , maybe an hour away, but if you meet and talk, you may end-up [​IMG]  friends...  OR do as I do, just start talking BBQ/Smoking to someone in the Outdoor Equip. area and see what happens [​IMG]  . The Meat section is a great area too. But I'm 65y/o and don't come across as a Nut, just a confused Old Man...[​IMG].
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2013
  15. I can't go to home depot or lowes without stopping by the grill aisle to say hello.   To the grills and toys, not the people.
  16. webowabo

    webowabo Master of the Pit

    My best friend is the shelf that holds all the wood/lump... its sad.. I know.. but.... "Ive got friends in low places" .

    ... lol

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